Frosty reception

Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Atawhai Hotena cuts a path through frost-covered grass at the Kensington Oval, in Dunedin, yesterday.

She is in training for the return of the rugby season.

The temperature dropped to -5.2degC at Dunedin Airport at 8.30am.

It was the coldest temperature recorded in Otago and Southland this year.

However, there is quite a way to go from that to the region’s coldest temperature, which was recorded in Ranfurly in July 1903 when the thermometer plunged to -25.6degC - New Zealand's lowest recorded daily minimum.

MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree said cool, calm, and clear days would follow foggy and frosty dawns for much of this week.

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