– Snow, sleet & below zero wind chills
A reminder that winter is not yet over – a short but sharp cold snap is set to bring freezing wind chills and snow to low levels across some parts of the South Island over the next two days.
The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says two cold fronts will deliver a burst of Antarctic air to the far south. “The first cold front will arrive in Southland late Tuesday morning followed by another one later on Tuesday night. The second front will bring snow falls to low levels and sleet to sea level”.
Duncan warns farmers to be vigilant of wind chill stress on newborn stock. “Wind chills well into the negatives are likely from Tuesday night until Thursday morning. Winds will be very strong from the south west, mixed with the polar air it wont be pleasant for humans let alone newborn lambs”.
Wednesday will see snow flurries across Central Otago and sleet continuing across the southern part of New Zealand. “‘Feels like’ temperatures in Invercargill, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch will be lucky to get over 3 or 4 degrees on Wednesday”. Duncan warns roads could be very icy too about upper parts of Dunedin, Central Otago and Southland.
However there is good news. “This is just a polar pulse, one short sharp burst of cold energy, then it’ll ease, replaced by a large high bringing lighter winds and frosty fine weather”.
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– Tropical Stormy Erin still causing major flooding issues inland in Oklahoma.
– A large high pressure zone is expected to form over New Zealand by the end of the week, bringing cold nights and clear days to almost all of NZ.