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+ Another cold day tomorrow

The coldest night so far this year is just hours away from kicking in.  That’s according to the radio network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  “We’ve had 5 very windy days dragging bitterly cold polar air over the country.  The friction of the wind keeps overnight lows relatively mild but tonight that wind will die out, allowing the cold air to sink to the ground and freeze”
Mr Duncan says severe frosts are expected over much of the South Island.  “Most main centres will dip to minus 2 , 3 or 4 but further inland some communities and farms may record lows tonight of minus 10”.
The North Island won’t escape the frosty weather with even Auckland in the firing line for frosts.  “The city centre will probably escape it but those sheltered suburbs especially in the west will probably see some frosts tomorrow morning”.
Towns like Taupo and Rotorua and parts of the Waikato will dip to around minus 2 or 3 while the lower part of the north island including Hawke’s Bay will have winds and possibly a shower or two keeping the frosts away.
Mr Duncan says the coldest part of the day is the 1 hour before sunrise.  “Daytime highs tomorrow will also be pretty chilly but warmth is expected to return on Thursday as a northerly flow starts up”
– A new storm forms east of Australia… the third one in 2 weeks and like the others, it’ll move our way.
– Heavy rain is on the way for northern regions of both islands this weekend.



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