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PLUS:  OUR DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER!…Auckland gets an extra hour of sunlight

The fridge door is ajar!  Chilly temperatures have been recorded right across the Mainland this morning after the polar southerly finally eased.

Parts of Canterbury, Otago and Southland have the mercury below the freezing mark with widespread frosts this morning and our South Island weather analyst Richard Green says although the day ahead should provide some bright sunshine, top temperatures shouldn’t hit double digits
“An intense anticyclone nearing 1040 Hector pascals is making its presence felt and for at least a couple of days, clear skies and freezing nights are on the agenda for Southerners”.
He says current readings have Christchurch and Wanaka on -1, Oamaru and Lumsden on -3 and Queenstown with Jack frost on -4
Green says it has been a lean season for some South Island skifields this winter.  “Any snowfall has been welcomed with open arms recently and the good news is that a number of skifields received a good coating of snow over the last 72 hours.  With the forecast of sunny skies today, this should make ski-buffs and operators very happy indeed”
You’ve probably noticed by now, but if you haven’t you’ll be pleased to know our days are getting longer.  The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan has been doing some research and discovered some interesting facts:
“Today Auckland reaches 60 minutes of extra sunlight from our shortest day of the year.  Christchurch is getting about 80 minutes more sunlight and Invercargill an hour an a half more light”
Philip Duncan says each week is getting longer by about 20 minutes.  “The sun’s rising about a minute or two earlier each morning and setting an hour or so later each night”.
Duncan says the next month of so marks the most rapid increase in extra hours of daylight per week.
– A Hurricane is moving towards Hawaii.  It’s expected to hit cold water which will lessen its intensity, but it could still bring huge seas and gales to Honolulu.
– A low is forming in the Tasman sea…will bring warmer nor’esaterlies to the North Island by tonight.



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