A brutally cold air mass is currently engulfing large parts of New Zealand, bringing anomalously cold temperatures, strong winds, torrential rains and heavy mountain snow.
Temperatures, particularly in NZ’s South Island, dropped like a stone overnight Saturday, to levels far-below normal for the time of year.
“Places at higher elevation in the South Island have been dropping well below freezing, with a ski field reporting as low as –9C (15.8F), and more populated areas such as Pukaki and Tekapo dropping to about -2C (28.4F) or -3C (26.6F) over the last few days,” said MetService meteorologist Kyle Lee.
“Overnight temperatures are likely to continue to drop below freezing with frosts possible for many inland spots as we expect clearer skies over the next few days,” Lee added.
The Bureau of Meteorology says another ridge of high pressure is building in the Tasman Sea, which could bring even colder temperatures overnight Sunday into Monday morning.
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