A bitterly cold southerly is going to bring temperatures down to very low levels right across the lower North Island and eastern parts of the South Island.
While Antarctica is having its coldest time of the year the wind currents today will see some of this cold air dredged up into eastern parts of New Zealand. The Radio Network’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says the lower North Island is most exposed. “The southerly is bringing winter like temperatures to places such as Wellington, Lower Hutt, Masterton, Palmerston North, Wanganui and Napier”.
Duncan says Wellington‘s high today will only be around 10 degrees but the city will have a ‘feels like’ temperature of 4 or 5. Further north and Masterton could have a wind chill, or ‘feels like’, temperature of only 3 degrees today. “This is very common in Spring but after such a warm start to the season it might come as a bit of a shock to many”.
Palmerston North and Napier will both have feel like temperatures of around 6 or 7 degrees today.
Christchurchis also expected to be nippy with a high of just 10 accompanied by the southerly.
Duncan says winds are already reaching 61km/h in Wellingtoncity with gusts to almost 100km/h on the hills.
THE SITUATION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEK
A large high is spreading over New Zealand after a low, that crossed over Auckland and Cormandel Tuesday, brought severe thunderstorms and downpours to northern NZ Monday and Tuesday.
The large high will bring a return to frosts over much of the South Island and central and eastern parts of the North Island this week.