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Winter comes early for some

Timaru and the South Canterbury region has seen thunderstorms and also hail/graupel settling in parts of the city and surrounds.

“It’s earlier than expected and Timaru was basically wasn’t even on the radar” says weather analyst Richard Green. “It looked as if the coldest pool of air was tomorrow but sometimes nature surprises us as Timaru looked not to be in the firing line”.

Christchurch could now see a fall of hail and sleet overnight otherwise late tomorrow could still be a goer.

Wellington could also see a wintry combination of rain, hail and snow.

Earlier reports came in of parts of Dunedin seeing the white stuff and just south of the city but also West Otago and parts of Southland and Fiordland.

Feel free to update us further tonight if you have snow or a wintry mix near you…




Guest on 27/05/2013 1:15pm

Snow in Dunedin for about 10-15 minutes at about 11.30pm monday night!

Guest on 27/05/2013 8:36am

Rain, hail and some thunder and lighting in Rangiora for the past 15minutes.

DOnna BradnocK on 27/05/2013 10:10am

Argh! Only saw heavy hail in Rangiora? I always miss the good stuff like thunder and lightning *tear rolls down cold cheek*

Guest on 27/05/2013 8:03am

More likely to have been graupel in Timaru. 5 degrees?

WW Forecast Team on 27/05/2013 9:08am

We now tend to agree with you or graupel.

Plenty of reports about snow but temp was a bit high we’re thinking now also.



Guest on 27/05/2013 9:38am

Yep, you have to be cautious with unofficial observations and using them in reports. I take them with a grain of salt.

For instance someone may criticise a wind forecast for Taranaki region, but 80km away it’s blowing its guts out (and how would they know that?). That’s the nature of gustiness (downbursts from CBs) especially in such a convective situation as this.

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