If you’re cold in Auckland today it’s not surprising – the wind is blowing directly off the Kaimai Ranges where last night snow fell to around 800 metres.
Residents in Te Aroha, in the eastern Waikato, woke to find the top of Mt Te Aroha (950m) covered in snow.
Snow on Mt Te Aroha this morning. Image / Ian Duncan
As of 12noon it was just 11 degree in parts of Auckland and Whangarei with a feels like temperature only in the mid-single digits.
It was warmer further south in Hamilton on 12 and Tauranga on 13.
The south easterly winds are blustery around East Cape, Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland and Northland as a low to the north east of New Zealand pushes against a large high centred over the South Island.
Temperatures will tonight plummet New Zealand-wide with severe frosts likely in the South Island and central North Island. Auckland’s low tonight is just 3.
Frosts will be of concern for orchardists right across the country.
Windy conditions may keep frosts away in the Bay of Plenty however it will be borderline.
BOOM! A lightning strike ahead of yesterday’s thunderstorm/hail storm in Wairarapa. Image / Andrea Coker.
The same small front that brought the snow to Mt Te Aroha last night also brought a big thunder and hail storm to Wairarapa. WeatherWatch.co.nz has just received a new video of the storm arriving, along with yesterday’s hail footage. Click here to view them both.