More cold nights ahead

June 5, 2016

The wet and windy conditions in New Zealand were finally brought to an end on Thursday as an area of high pressure cleared them out and made itself comfortable over the country. The resulting light winds and clear skies have made for some chilly nights though, with many places dropping below zero on successive nights. Frost and fog have also been regulars, with fog in some sheltered inland places hanging around until sunset. Timaru got its coldest morning of the year so far, with temperatures dropping to -4.1C on Sunday morning.

“We are forecasting the area of high pressure to persist through the long weekend into Tuesday, so brace for further cold temperatures, frosts, fog in the valleys, and icy roads where the temperature drops below freezing,” said meteorologist Emma Blades. There is likely to be cloud around at times for Auckland and Wellington on Monday, and for the east coast of the North Island, but everywhere else has plenty of sunshine on the cards.

“On Wednesday expect to see a change in conditions, as a northeast flow spreads across the country bringing cloud and the start of wet weather, which will affect most of the country by the end of the week,” commented Ms Blades. On the plus side, temperatures will pick up with this change to a northerly flow, bringing warmer air from across the Tasman Sea.

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