24 Jun 2015

Another freezing day in the south

12:23 pm on 24 June 2015

After yesterday's near record freeze, the South Island woke to another bone-chilling morning.

Temperatures throughout the South Island were still well below zero in most places.

Coopers Creek, near Oxford, Canterbury on 24 June.

Coopers Creek, near Oxford, Canterbury this morning. Photo: Nicky Burston

Omarama dropped to dropped to -21°C between 8 and 9am. This is a new record for the Waitaki District settlement in observations since 1950.

MetService says the Pukaki aerodrome near Twizel in South Canterbury recorded -15°C overnight, a touch warmer than yesterday's -20°C. New Zealand's coldest ever temperature is -25.6°C recorded in Ranfurly in July 1903.

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Tekapo this morning at 7.35am.

Tekapo this morning at 7.35am. Photo: Facebook/ Tekapo Helicopters

MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said the temperatures are highly unusual.

Angora goats coming for hay in Coopers Creek this morning, 4km inland from oxford.

At Coopers Creek in Canterbuy, angora goats are coming in looking for hay. Photo: Nicky Burston

"It's certainly not uncommon to get down to minus 5 in the South Island when we have a hard frost but getting down below minus 10 and down towards minus 20 in some places - that's very rare."

MetService said a layer of stratus cloud with light winds was keeping the freezing temperatures in place across the MacKenzie Basin. That could change on Friday when a fresh southerly front is due to hit the country.

About 7am, Alexandra was recording -8°C, Queenstown -6.6°C, Invercargill -3.6°C Dunedin -0.3°C, Christchurch -2°C and Nelson -1.4°C.

The only places in the South Island to have temperatures above zero this morning were Lyttelton, Kaikoura and Westport.

Icy roads in Dunedin have disrupted some bus services. In central Christchurch, most roads were dry but the Transport Operations centre said shaded areas may still be icy and people should take care.