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Temperatures plummet as polar southerlies spread north

The surge of polar air continues northward this evening with temperatures plummeting the length of the country.

The coldest regions appear to be the central and lower North Island and eastern South Island.

As of 6pm:

  • Whangarei 12
  • Auckland 6
  • Hamilton 5
  • Rotorua 4
  • Taupo 2
  • Waiouru -2
  • Napier, Hastings, New Plymouth, Masterton, Paraparaumu, Lower Hutt, Levin 4
  • Ohakea 2
  • Wanganui 5
  • Wellington 5
  • Blenheim, Christchurch 3
  • Timaru, Oamaru, Akaroa, Dunedin, Wanaka, Queenstown, Gore 4
  • Invercargill 5

Weather Highlights from today:

  • Snow, hail and sleet in Dunedin, Ashburton, Christchurch, Wellington, Tawa, Upper Hutt and Palmerston North.
  • Single digit highs for around 2 thirds of New Zealand.
  • Southerly gales in Wellington and Auckland.
  • Snow on the Desert Road, with a high of just 2 in Waiouru.
  • Auckland fell from 12 to 6 degrees in just one hour. 
  • WeatherWatch predicts snow flurries tonight along the Kaimai and Coromandel Ranges.


Guest on 31/05/2009 9:00am

Climbed Mt Te Aroha today and had 30 minutes of snow flurries at the top between 230pm and 300pm as what appeared to be some kind of front passed over. Even had snow going up!! (blowing up the face of the mountain and up over the top). Was snowing lightly through the trees on the way down too probably to around 850m asl before it got significantly warmer on the lee of the range. Got some good pictures, but having trouble downloading them on my computer. Will get owner of the camera to fix tomorrow and upload. Was bitterly cold!!

Guest on 1/06/2009 12:58am

brrr good on you for getting to the top! I live near thames (paeroa – thames rd) and its freezing no wonder there is snow there! Well done look forward to some pics

Guest on 31/05/2009 6:49am

Are areas such as Taupo still likely to see a snow shower or two tonight as today has been a bit of a let down with mostly clear skies.

WW Forecast Team on 31/05/2009 7:01am

The air has been much drier than we originally thought (which is why temperatures are so incredibly low across New Zealand tonight).  We don’t anticipate any further shower activity west of the Napier ranges now.  It’s a shame for those who were looking forward to it – we had all the right ingredients for a few flakes in Taupo but the rain clouds didn’t have enough puff in them. 

WeatherWatch team

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