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July proves wintry for some

Earlier this week a very cold southerly poured itself over the country and some centres certainly felt the raw cold more than others.

The lowest ever daily minimum temperatures in July included just 2.7 degrees in Leigh, the lowest since 1966.In Whangaparaoa, the mercury fell to 3.4 degrees, the lowest since 1982.
The minimum temperature in New Plymouth (the coldest since 1944) was -2.6 degrees, while in Westport the mercury sank to -1.5 degrees, the lowest since 1937.
Christchurch saw the mercury rise to just 1.9 degrees up to 4pm on Monday but the temperature closed in rather oddly near 5 degrees during the evening, even after all of the snow that fell in the city that day.

Frosts were severe following the cold snap and temperatures of minus 7 and 8 degrees were felt in inland and eastern areas of the South Island, although they were not record breakers.
Even though Timaru recorded an air temperature of minus 7 on Tuesday morning, the remainder of the week saw highs for the South Canterbury city of an almost tropical 17, 18 and 19 degrees.

With just this weekend remaining it appears that no further extremes should be experienced up and down the country but time will tell.

*NIWA provided some of the stats



South of Whangarei on 30/07/2011 10:02am

Did anyone see that massive shooting star with the tail a few minutes ago in the Northern Sky? Or a meteorite or a piece of plane or satellite or something.

Guest on 31/07/2011 3:38am

Hi, I just read this from skymaps, and no I didn’t see it, though wish I did. I am always scanning the skys for shooting stars, but seldom see one:)

“30th July: Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. Active from July 12 to August 23. Produces medium speed, faint meteors (about 15 to 20 per hour). Best seen from southern latitudes.”

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