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On this day….


A very cold  but brief southerly snap delivered rain, hail and snow to eastern parts of the South Island with daytime highs struggling to hit double figures.
The southerly was shortlived and was replaced by sunny skies late in the afternoon.


Warm northerlies over New Zealand lifted temperatures to near record highs with parts of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury hitting 25 degrees. The next day Christchurch topped just 11 degrees.


Wanganui had reports of some heavy hail just outside the city limits and prolonged squally showers blocked drains and caused some surface flooding to outlying areas.


Southlanders were hit by a very hard frost and icy roads caused a number of minor accidents around Gore and Mataura. The frosty spell lasted 3 days with bitterly cold overnight temperatures.


A local rugby game in Buller was interrupted by very strong winds over a short period of time. Locals thought the goalposts were certain to fall and cause damage to parked cars. Fortunately no major damage was reported during the intense blow.



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