A cold sou'wester swept through Dunedin yesterday, dropping
the temperature from 14degC to 6degC.
''It is a sign of things to come,'' MetService meteorologist
John Law said.
A special weather advisory was issued yesterday warning the
cold southwest flow would bring another wintry blast to Otago
and Southland this week.
It was not expected to bring snow to levels as low as last
week's in Dunedin but temperatures would only get as high as
about 7degC or 8degC, he said.
The city was forecast to get sleet, hail and snow to about
400m but Clutha was expected to bear the brunt with snow down
to 100m to 200m. Strong winds would increase the wind-chill
Inland, the sleet and hail could turn to ice, so drivers
needed to be careful, especially in rural areas in the
mornings, he said.
''Although no large snow accumulations are expected, winter
will make its presence felt.''