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Settled day across New Zealand

The weather is fairly settled across the country today, although it isn’t very warm with many places experiencing quite frosty conditions last night. Parts of Auckland got down to –1, the Waikato –1 also but some –2 degree readings. The Central North Island a little colder once again with –3.

Getting into the South Island Christchurch got to –2 degrees, inland parts of Canterbury ranged from –4 to –6 degrees so certainly cold. While it may seem typical for Central Otago to get the coldest temperatures when frosty conditions develop over New Zealand they didn’t last night due to a westerly airflow or influence if you like developing there overnight.

The warmest spot today so far is Blenheim on 16 degrees with a gentle northwesterly breeze and sunny skies.

Some high cloud is moving into Southland now ahead of the next front in the Tasman Sea, drizzle patches will also be getting into Fiordland and cloud will increase during the day along the West Coast. Expect northwesterly winds to pick up in inland areas from Canterbury down through to Southland this evening as that incoming front crunches the isobars together.

Homepage image / TWC 1pm satellite –

By weather analyst Aaron Wilkinson,


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