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Here come the frosts

Winds should die down enough for some big frosts tonight across the country.

Lows around minus 2 are expected for a number of sheltered areas from Waikato to the deep South with some inland regions possibly reaching -3 or 4, such as Queenstown, Wanaka and Waiouru.  Light frosts are also possible around Auckland and sheltered parts of inland Northland.

The frosts are no surprise following the surge of Antarctic air across the long weekend followed by a high pressure system which acts like a ‘lid’ trapping the cold air.

Coastal areas may not be as frosty with slight breezes remaining along the North Island’s east coast and perhaps some cloud cover in other regions such as Southland and the West Coast.

The Weather Watch Centre advises motorists to watch for black ice tonight especially across East Cape, Gisborne, Central Plateau and the lower North Island. has been sent many photos covering the weekend’s wintry blast.  See those photos in our special winter gallery here.

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