Snow fell near Dunedin and other parts of the South Island
reached near freezing temperature last night as a midsummer
cold snap makes its way up the country, the website
Queenstown's mountains received a dumping last night, despite
temperatures reaching more than 7degC earlier in the
week. Temperatures plummeted overnight, with the
Remarkables skifield recording 5cm of new powder and at least
0cm at Coronet Peak.
Unofficial recordings put the temperature in the Teviot
Valley at a very unsummery 3 deg late last night, and a
slightly warmer 5 deg at 7am.
Margery and Brian Deaker, of the Waitaki Valley in north
Otago, said it was a cool 4 deg at their house at 7am.
Residents in Naseby reported 7-8cm of snow lying on the
ground this morning, and Ranfurly, Wedderburn, Omakau and
Oturehua received 6-8cm.
However, sun this morning hastened the thaw. The roads were
all clear, aside from Danseys Pass Rd, which was closed for
much of the day but has now reopened.
According to a WeatherWatch reader it also snowed at Lake
Mahinerangi, 35km west of Dunedin.
Rainfall was heavy overnight, with Dunedin recording about
19mm of rain in the five hours to 9pm yesterday, the most
rain in one event for more than a month.
Queenstown also had heavy rain, with 14.4mm recorded in the
two hours to 9pm.
Christchurch fell to just 4 degrees overnight and some inland
areas came even closer to freezing as the wintry snap moved
The cold reached Blenheim this morning, with the temperature
falling from 18 deg at 5am to 9 deg at 7am.
Kaikoura went from 17 deg at 2am to 6 deg at 5am. Timaru,
which had a high of 27 deg yesterday, fell to only 3 deg
WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said the weather
system also reached Wellington this morning and would
continue making its way north today, reaching Auckland and
Northland this afternoon and evening.
It made its presence felt in Napier, forcing the New Zealand
and Zimbabwe cricketers from the field on the second day of
their test there.
Mr Duncan said the reason behind the cold snap might surprise
"We usually think of highs, or anticyclones, as our summer
friends that bring hot, sunny, beach weather, but the truth
is that a high can also contribute significantly to cold
snaps and this is what we're seeing today.''
But the summer weather would return this weekend.
"The good thing about a high that creates a cold southerly
like this is that it then comes in the next day and pushes
the bad stuff out east over the Pacific Ocean. This weekend
we'll see a high rolling in bringing clear skies and lighter
winds, but it will be cold to start with,'' Mr Duncan said.