April 4, 2011

Over the next few days, New Zealand’s weather should generally be a little cooler than it has been of late.  A brisk southwesterly is currently making its way onto the South Island.  By the end of Tuesday, it should have spread across all of the North Island as well.

“The cool burst is likely to be sharp initially and to drive temperatures down to values not seen since last spring,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt.  “For example, MetService is forecasting day time highs in the cities of Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington to reach only around 13 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.  The last time Christchurch and Wellington were this cold was back on 6 November 2010.  Dunedin experienced a similar cool change on 23 March last month.”

“Queenstown’s Tuesday daytime high is likely to be around 10 degrees, making this the coldest day there since 19 October last year,” said McDavitt.

Some brief snowfalls are likely down to around 700 metres on the west Otago Mountains over the next few days.  MetService is also forecasting a dusting of snow near the top of Ruapehu and Taranaki during Tuesday.

People working outdoors or travelling around the country may need to brace for this cool burst and can find the latest weather updates and warnings at or, for mobiles, at

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831

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