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Harsh sub-zero temperatures across NZ this morning

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 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.




LM 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

hitadmin 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.

– WW

LM 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??

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