It’s been a crazy day weather-wise across the country with heavy snow falling in some areas, while just kilometres light rain fell. Heavy snow fell across parts of Canterbury this morning with light snow and sleet briefly falling in Christchurch this afternoon, however the city is now mostly dry. There is still the risk of some snow tonight in the Garden City however the Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the air will be drying out, which lowers the chance of snow or rain.
“Further south Queenstown currently has a ‘feels like’ temperature of minus 5 degrees with just 1 degrees in Invercargill. In the North Island the southerly has kicked in – in Wellingtonthe ‘feels like’ temperature is currently just 5 degrees”.
In contrast eastern areas like Napier, Hastings, Gisborne and Whangarei have basked in a warm 19 or 20 degrees, while strong winds are gusting to 95km/h west of Auckland on the Manukau Heads.
But it’s a large high pressure system that’s going to see our weather settling and frosts returning. “It’s unusual but this is the second huge anticyclone we’ve had in recent weeks. The size and height of the pressure (up to 1045hp) is more like a high we’d get in Summer”. The temperatures will be anything but summery though, with severe frosts returning to many parts of the South Island and frosts making it as far north as Waikato.