11 Dec 2023

NIWA on weekend's cold southerly blast

From Morning Report, 7:54 am on 11 December 2023

The weekend's southerly blast felt like Aotearoa could be in line for a snowy Christmas. Temperatures dropped to 10 degrees celsius in the capital yesterday, with downpours and blustery gales. Heavy rain fell across the rest of Te Ika-a-Māui, the North Island. El Niño is responsible for more volatile weather, with strong winds and dry spells forecast for the rest of summer. NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.