Bone-chilling cold in New Zealand

A surge of cold polar air dropped temperatures over Saturday night and Sunday morning well below freezing.

“Had enough of the cold?” MetService asked on Twitter. “Last night Twizel got to -5.7C (21.7F), Timaru -3.7C (25.3F) and Queenstown -2.4C (27.7F).”

The cold snap was caused by the winds which wrought destruction across New Zealand earlier this week dying down and being replaced by high pressure from the polar region.

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/weather-new-zealand-struck-by-bone-chilling-cold-shock/ar-AACAP23

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


6 thoughts on “Bone-chilling cold in New Zealand”

  1. A “cold snap” sounds like a transitory and irregular event.
    In contrast a “heat wave” sounds a bit more persistent, a bit more of a event that starts, reaches a peak, then slowly dies away.
    I wonder what phrase could be used for a cold periods that slowly builds, reaches its freezing depths, then gradually dissipates …
    A “cold wave” perhaps, well whatever in the coming years we’ll have to find that phrase for it’s likely to be used a lot.

  2. mainland aus had a brief indian summer semi warm run and the media started the warmer than avg spiel immediately, sigh.. the intense cold had to be talked about as it snowed etc and couldnt be avoided..pr spin for the ski runs etc;-)
    abc had a bimbo “climate scientist” from a private clusterfk flimflam flannerys climate council-on today saying Darwin was going to be 300days a yr over 35c and unliveable and the Darwin coastal areas had 17mm searise in 20 yrs..hmm?
    as usual of course they failed to say where and the harbours prob been dredged for the navy boats etc

  3. “the Darwin coastal areas had 17mm searise in 20 yrs..hmm?
    as usual of course they failed to say where and the harbours prob been dredged for the navy boats etc”

    Dredging would not affect the sea level to any measurable degree at all.

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