– Frosts all over the North Island
– Down to 1 degree in parts of Auckland
– Where did this cold come from?!
It came out of the blue – winter arrived overnight across many parts of the North Island. Under clear skies and a bright moon, the mercury dropped to its lowest point so far this year for some.
TRN’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says although it was out of the blue, it wasn’t completely unexpected. “Most in the North Island have had a very warm May thanks to warm westerlies and northerlies. While these winds have lifted our temperatures we’ve all lost sight of the fact the sun is nearly as far away from us as it gets. The shortest day is just three weeks away.” Mr Duncan said that clear skies and no wind meant we could finally experience the “raw” air temperature.
He says the rest of the working week will be similar as a large high holds firm over the North Island. In the South Island, a warm nor’west has seen temperature right up to 16 degrees in places like Gore this morning but with little wind in Dunedin it’s was minus 1.
Auckland: 1 to 5 degrees (depending where you are)
Hamilton: minus 1
Paeroa: minus 1
Coromandel Peninsula: 2
Taupo: minus 2
Southern Hawkes Bay: minus 1
One caller to Auckland’s Classic Hits says it was minus 4 on his Mangatawhiri farm this morning.