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Snow in parts of Wellington, cold arrives in Auckland

Reports have come in of snow flakes around parts of Wellington.  In both messages sent to and posted at the NZ Weather Forum talk of light snow flakes around the city and in Tawa near Porirua are now coming in.

Temperatures in and around the capital have been extremely low with wind chills down to minus 5.  Hail is also being reported across the city along with winds up to gale force.

The front has reached Napier with temperatures dropping to just 4 degrees and a wind chill around zero to -2. 

Wither Hills in Blenheim – Photo / Jennifer Laws.

The air temperature is -1 in Waiouru.

The blue skies across northern New Zealand have now been replaced by thick grey cloud and showers and rain.  Hamilton has just dropped to 7 degrees and head weather analyst Philip Duncan says this band of rain and showers will likely leave a light dusting of snow on the Coromandel Peninsula and Kaimai Ranges. 

The colder air has seen the temperature at Auckland airport fall from 12 to 6 degrees in the past 2 hours but more dramatically falling 3 degrees in just a 10 minute window.

The front is moving through Waikato currently and should reach Auckland shortly.

What’s it like where you are?  Have you seen snow today?  Let us know! Post a comment below!


Reema Roy on 18/11/2009 12:02pm

the weather is freezing cold….the weather is good man….

New Zealand

Reema Roy on 18/11/2009 12:01pm

the weather is freezing cold….the weather is good man….

New Zealand

Guest on 31/05/2009 2:02pm

i went outside before and instantly my hands went numb its damn cold out there, i put my foot in a puddle and it was frozen… good ol palmy haha

where did it exactly snow in palmy??

Kellie on 31/05/2009 10:45am

Hi Phil,

It is very very cold here in the Waitakere region, do you think there’ll be a frost?

WW Forecast Team on 31/05/2009 10:58am

Good evening Kellie,

The wind is probably a little too strong for a frost…can’t see the temperature falling any further unless the wind dies out.


Kellie on 31/05/2009 11:19am

Sigh, i do love a good frost.
Wish I was in Napier, because I also love the occasional snow.

Guest on 31/05/2009 9:33am

We have had snow in napier city, not too much where we are because it rained soon after but our friends who live about 2km away didnt get the rain and their trampoline and cars were covered

Guest on 31/05/2009 7:46am


Just want to let people know that we’ve just had a massive snow shower within the last half an hour here in Newlands.

We’ve had occasional snow/hail shower on & off here all day.

Snow hasn’t settled as yet, however, if we get heavy snow showers tonight it could be a different story!

If I get any good pics I’ll post em up.


Joy Elley on 31/05/2009 5:35am

Any word on snow on the Kaimais? There’s a group of Auckland Sea Scouts bivouacing in the bush near Katikati – how cold are they getting?

WW Forecast Team on 31/05/2009 6:44am

We believe there’s been a dusting possibly down to 7 or 800 metres.  Flurries still possible for another few hours then clearing by midnight.



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