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Video: “Exceptionally heavy snow” for Hawke’s Bay this weekend + NZ update

Detailed Antarctic Blast Update — A significant wintry blast is moving into the country and brutal wind chills from the Antarctic region are coming in.

In this video we display something brand new – the Misery Index – which shows wind-chills of -15 to -25 possible around alpine parts of the South Island.

Meanwhile the bitterly cold air with run into heavy rain over the central and eastern North Island – with very heavy snow about the plateau and eastern ranges (watch for road closures), heavy rain in the east and gales in the south and west.

It’s a rough Saturday for the North Island with major frosts hitting the South Island overnight and into Sunday. It’s a very busy forecast – Philip Duncan has the latest on New Zealand’s weather.

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Kieran on 5/08/2016 9:01pm

Hi guys, what does the blue line (and the red line we see in summer) actually represent?  Is it a marker of a certain temperature?

WW Forecast Team on 6/08/2016 6:02am

G’day Kieran

These are “Thickness Lines”. And they are pretty much that, they represent how thick the atmosphere is but it’s made up through a combintion of a few different figures. The red and blue lines are nothing special in themselves but just represent where colder air and warmer air is generally speaking. Here is a big explanation on thickness lines:

– WW Team

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