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It was the coldest night so far this year for many centres last night as clear skies allowed polar air from the weekends storm to settle and freeze.
TRN’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says temperatures plummeted right across the country.  “Although some low cloud stopped expected frosts in some areas most places had clear skies due to a large high over us”.
Mr Duncan says severe frosts are likely again tonight, possibly as far north as Rotorua.  He says minus 4 is tonight’s low in Roturua.
Current temperatures (as at 7:30am).
West Auckland:  1 degrees.
Hamilton:  -3
Taupo: -3
Blenheim: -3 (it was below zero by 6pm last night!)
Timaru: -6
Wanaka:  -5
Queenstown:  -6
Lumsden:  -5
“We know some isolated regions dropped to minus 7 in the South Island and I’m certain some communities without weather observations would have hit as low as minus 9 or 10” says Duncan.
          A very big storm forms east of Australia… almost a carbon copy of last week’s storm, however this one isn’t expected to affect NZ as severely at this stage.
          Warmer temperatures are on the way for the country this weekend especially in the north.  Auckland’s overnight lows could rise by 10 degrees on last nights low.



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