Forecasters say Tropical Storm Guillermo has formed far from
land in the Eastern Pacific with winds sustained at 64kmh.
For the third month on end, temperatures below average have
been posted across most of the country, with North Otago
leading the way.
Wild weather is expected across the country in the next 48
hours, with heavy rain in the southwest, high winds in the
east and snow on the mountain passes.
An alpine skier buried in an avalanche in Southern Alps in
Canterbury today has died of his injuries.
An exceptionally high tide yesterday afternoon swamped
low-lying coastal areas around Dunedin and washed away vast
chunks of the sand dunes between St Kilda beach and Lawyers
A severe weather warning for parts of the South Island was
issued by the MetService tonight.
It has been "one of the
worst years" for black ice on Otago and Southland roads and
it is not over yet, the New Zealand Transport Agency's
Otago-Southland operations manager, Murray Clarke, says.
The South is expected to shiver tonight and tomorrow with
squally snow showers predicted to near sea level.
Heavy rain is forecast for the eastern Bay of Plenty and
Gisborne from tonight until tomorrow afternoon, but the North
Island should narrowly escape a "weather bomb", say
June was much drier than May but it was also colder, due to
much weaker weather systems, hydrological consultant Dave
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