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Snow reaches Waikato hills, gales continue across NZ

Temperatures are well down today compared to this time yesterday as an icy southerly drops snow on the hills around Waikato and Bay of Plenty and sees gales gusting to almost 110km/h around East Cape. says Tauranga reached 19 yesterday, today it will be lucky to reach 12.  It’s a similar story in Gisborne which took the national high of 21 degrees yesterday but this afternoon is sitting on 9 with a strong southerly and showers.

Gale force southerlies gusting to 93km/h are affecting the Manukau Heads with 10 degrees in Auckland city and gusts around 50 to 60km/h. has received reports of snow falling on paddocks on the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua and on Mt Pirongia near Te Awamutu, south of Hamilton.

Late Snow
Snow on Mt Pirongia, Waikato, today / John Krippner

Near gale southerlies are hitting Hawera in South Taranaki and also Wellington city.

Conditions are even worse further south with Kaikoura only on 6 degrees and a gale force southerly averaging 70km/h and gusting to 95km/h.

Christchurch has 10 degrees and gusts to 70km/h.

Oddly Milford Sound is our warmest place this hour with 17 degrees, compared to 10 degrees in the Bay of Islands, reports



A Booth on 11/10/2010 6:30pm

In the UK we’d call that a frost, but i’ll believe you that there is snow there somewhere.

Love the web site, keep it up.

Guest on 11/10/2010 6:16am

Unseasonable – maybe, but this time last year snow fell as far north as Pirongia and the Kaimais and was far worse in the central NI.

Miket on 11/10/2010 2:26am

Light hail shower in takanini at 3.05pm

tania on 11/10/2010 1:30am


Just wondering if 8 degrees at lunchtime in Auckland is an all time record low for October? bbbrrr


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