June 6, 2017

Five years ago on the 6th of June 2012, Christchurch residents woke up to heavy snow which closed schools, caused power cuts and lead to the lowest recorded daytime temperature, with the airport only reaching 0.4 degrees Celsius.

A more typical winter’s day starts the short working week this year, though temperatures are set to stay cool across the entire country. Those in the south of the South Island had a chilly start today. Temperatures fell to -6C at Pukaki, however, those clear skies which produced the cold temps make for a fine day. Frosty temperatures are forecast occur in most inland areas again tomorrow morning. Elsewhere in the North Island, scattered showers continue as a low to the west slowly moves east, but plenty of sun will also be had for those outside of Wellington and Wairarapa.

“Generally settled weather, with cold overnight temperatures, is what most New Zealanders can expect from Wednesday onwards,” MetService Meteorologist April Clark explained.

“However, a front is set to ruin the calm conditions for the west and south of the South Island on Friday as a front bringing rain and cold southerlies moves north,” she continued. More details on each region’s forecast can be found at metservice.com

Conditions are looking good for the Blues versus Lions match tomorrow with only the chance of a shower, though a warm jacket wouldn’t go a miss!

The image above shows little rain is expected over the country until Friday when a front brings rain. Note frosts can occur with overnight air temperatures as high as 3C.

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