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.
Trampers in northern Fiordland and the Westland Ranges should
watch for rapidly rising rivers as heavy rain is predicted
tomorrow, the MetService says.
September's weather has continued the 2009 trend of not
conforming to the expected, hydrological consultant Dave
Another cold snap is forecast to hit the country this weekend
with farmers and drivers being warned to take care.
The last of the North Island properties blacked out by last
weekend's snow storm are expected to have power restored
today as another storm brews.
Weather records were broken around Otago in September - not
due to a lack of rainfall as had been feared but instead
because of extreme temperatures.
Hundreds of travellers evacuated from snow-stranded vehicles
overnight will spend another night in emergency shelters,
while some central North Island roads remain closed.
Science and geography combined so that the residents of
American Samoa did not stand much of a chance.
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