Widespread frosts affected a number of regions overnight as temperatures had a chance to fully drop with the lack of wind and cloud.
As we predicted yesterday inland parts of the lower South Island saw the heaviest frosts.
Temperatures fell to -9 in Twizel, -6 in Lumsden and -5 in Queenstown and Blenheim. -3 was recorded in Dunedin, Timaru and Christchurch – but felt significantly colder.
Image / A frost at Barry Curtis park in Auckland this morning / Tim Hazell
It was cold in the north too with Waikato dropping below -3 and one WeatherWatch.co.nz reader said temperatures fell to -5.3 in Owhango, King Country, this morning.
Auckland received frosty conditions across the city too as the skies temporarily cleared overnight. This morning high cloud from a small disturbance north of New Zealand is limiting the sun’s ability to warm the city up following the cold start – and it’s a similar story in Northland too.
Not everyone had a frost – some parts of Wellington had 8 degrees and showers/drizzle this morning at 7am and some of this moisture made it over the hills to Paekakariki – stopping frosts from forming there too, despite frosts further up the Kapiti Coast.
on 29/06/2012 11:41pm
Queenstown was -6 this morning according to the temps on Sky weather. I thought ChCh only recorded a low of -1
on 29/06/2012 11:52pm
There’s more than one weather station in Christchurch – we don’t always agree with the MetService readings which are taken in odd places compared to where most people live.
on 30/06/2012 12:11am
Yet it’s normally a little warmer where people live compared to the open spaces at the airport. Do you have a link to that station that recorded -3??