Coromandel residents are being urged to be alert for severe
thunderstorms, rapidly rising river levels and surface
flooding as heavy rain hits the region today and overnight.
Dunedin and parts of Central Otago have experienced one of
their driest Novembers in 90 years, the National Institute of
Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) national climate
summary for November says.
Occasional snow flurries on the hills, frosts and cool windy
days all added to Dunedin reportedly experiencing its coldest
October in 63 years, hydrologist Dave Stewart says.
November was a good month to put the washing out, with
unprecedented dry weather in some areas coupled with high
winds, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric
Research (Niwa) says.
Don't get out your togs and jandals just yet - summer is
shaping up to be colder than average, Niwa's latest seasonal
People in Fiordland should watch for rapidly rising streams
and rivers today the MetService has warned.
Temperatures soared on the Taieri yesterday, with the
temperature at Dunedin airport reaching a record November
high of 30.5degC at 1pm.
Chilly weather kept temperatures down to record low levels
across Otago last month, with Dunedin experiencing its
coldest October since records began about 60 years ago.
The MetService has issued a severe weather warning for the
lower South Island tomorrow, with gales and heavy rain
forecast to lash the region.
The cold southerly flow sweeping across the South Island,
could be accompanied by snow down to 300m tomorrow,
MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said.
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