Temps as low as -6!
After warm and wet conditions over northern New Zealand last night, the South Island has woken to its coldest day so far this year. Reports are coming in from our local Weather Watchers about big frosts and temperatures well below zero.
Invercargill reporter Malcolm Gayfer says there’s a minus eight degree frost, while the air temperature is minus 3 there
Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says it’s a staggering minus 6 in Lumsden, minus 5 in Dunedin and minus 4 in Queenstown. “This is due to cold air sucked up by the North Island’s rain storm. Light winds and clear skies mean big frosts right through the South Island this morning”.
South Island weather analyst Richard Green says it’s minus three in Christchurch this morning, which he says is cold even for May.
The North Island is a different picture with double figure lows from Hamilton and Gisborne northwards. But Duncan says Kapiti and Horowhenua are chilly, with just one degrees in Levin this hour.
Another Tasman Sea is being predicted by the Weather Watch Centre this Friday, which should see more heavy rain over the North and further southerlies for the South.