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Dunedin freezes as Auckland sweats: The 20 degree difference at 8am

It was a warm night for many in the north with humidity, light winds and a temperatures around the late teens.  In stark contrast widespread frosts for the first time this year are affecting Southland and Otago.

“New Zealand is divided into three pieces at the moment. Cold in the south. Cloudy and damp through middle New Zealand and warm & humid with tropical downpours in the north” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

As of 8am Auckland had 18 degrees with a mix of sun and cloud.

But Dunedin is 20 degrees colder, with a frost and -2.

Most of Canterbury is much warmer with temperatures hovering closer to 10 degrees.

The lower North Island is in the low double digits with late teens in the north – and a hot, humid, afternoon on the way for the Upper North Island.

Meanwhile farmers in parts of Manawatu, especially northern districts, are celebrating rain falling this morning. Rain is also falling around Coromandel Peninsula. is this week running a poll asking if it currently feels more like Autumn or still Summer.  With the current pattern it’s not surprising a third still feel summer, while many others feel the Autumnal change developing.

Temperature map from 8:10am map shows where it’s cold (darker blues) and where it’s warm (golds, oranges) / Wunderground




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