Dunedin has again broken its own weather records - but last
month, rather than being too wet, as it was in May, was too
dry, making Dunedin the coldest and driest of New Zealand's
six main centres.
Black ice caused havoc on Dunedin roads this morning, with
multiple accidents closing Wakari Road and a milk truck on
its side in Kaikorai Valley.
The north of the country narrowly escaped tornadoes during a
cold front which brought thunderstorms to the North Island
while snowfalls have closed South Island roads.
Wild weather is expected to sweep over much of the North
Island this weekend, but at least it should be warmer,
Tropical Storm Andres has formed off the southwestern coast
of Mexico, becoming the first named storm of the season in
the Eastern Pacific and the latest arrival in 40 years,
After a milder night than expected Dunedin police reported no
accidents this morning but asked motorists to drive
carefully on snow and ice-covered roads around the
Northeast winds gusting to more than 100kmh buffeted Dunedin
yesterday, sending rubbish, windows and trees flying.
Balaclava's May rainfall record has been broken, thanks to
another nearly 14mm on Thursday night.
Freezing conditions in the North Island have closed roads -
leaving trucks stranded overnight - and the southerly blast
is also expected to disrupt ferry sailings.
A warning that the Waitaki River level in North Otago may
rise quickly was issued tonight by Oamaru police.
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