An active front barrelling up the South Island "like a
freight train" is leaving cool Antarctic air in its wake and
threatening the eastern side of the country with 100kmh
figures confirm what Otago holiday-makers suspected - this
Christmas-New Year period was colder and wetter than average.
A weather outlook for the next few months suggests Otago
might be in for a warmer and drier time.
A "massive" high-pressure system will bring up to 10 days of
settled summer weather in New Zealand - but Kiwis will have
to wait another week for heat to roll over from baking-hot
Australia, where temperatures have nudged 50°C.
Holidaymakers in Otago are being told to expect
''spring-like'' conditions to continue after wind gusts and
rain battered parts of the region overnight.
Mist has been a frequent companion of those living on
Dunedin's hills for more than a week, but the MetService says
the air is about to clear, despite the rain being forecast to
A weekend of great weather will kick off the summer holidays
for many ahead of changeable weather forecast for Christmas
A flash storm that dropped hail stones the size of golf balls
caught residents near Ashburton off guard last night.
Big thunderstorms are hitting parts of the North Island this
afternoon and bringing a chance of flooding and hail,
Wild winds which lashed the country yesterday causing flight
delays and injuring bystanders have since tapered off.
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