Get ready for one of the coldest winters in years, Metservice says. Temperatures could run as much as 15ºC below average.
New Zealand is entering a colder than normal winter, according to meteorologist Georgina Griffiths.
“The bottom line for June is great news for ski fields, not so good for power bills,” said Griffiths.
(Note: Georgina Griffiths says she has been misquoted here, and that the Met Service is not predicting 15 degrees below average for winter. See her comment in the comments section below.)
The coldest areas on Thursday morning were around Otago and south Canterbury – Ranfurly dropped to -3.1C and Pukaki -3C.
The deep south has seen ice cold temperatures with snow falling to 300 metres in Otago, Fiordland and Southland.
More heavy snow is due on Thursday with 20 to 40 cm (16 inches) expected above 400 metres across the lower South Island.
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