16 Aug 11 – Heavy snow fell in many parts of the North and South Islands again on Monday and overnight, causing power outages, closing schools, roads and airports.
Monday was the coldest day ever recorded in Auckland, said climate scientist Georgina Griffiths of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city
The last time snow settled on the ground in Auckland was in 1939. However, overall temperatures in New Zealand were colder and the quantity of snow was a lot worse in the 1930 event, according to weather historian Erick Brenstrom.
Describing the capital as a “winter wonderland”, New Zealand Prime Minister John said it was the first time he could recall seeing snow fall in downtown Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. “Very uncharacteristic weather,” said Key.
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