1 Jul 2021

Auckland temperatures dip to lowest since 2018

1:29 pm on 1 July 2021

As Auckland dipped to its lowest temperatures since 2018 yesterday, the country woke up to another frosty start in this week's cold blast.

Winter scene, human hand in glove scraping ice from windshield of car

(File image). Photo: 123RF

Temperatures at Auckland Airport dived to 1.3C yesterday morning, which was the lowest since 30 June, 2018.

Some surrounding suburbs hit sub-zero temperatures yesterday as well, according to MetService.

Pūkaki Airport near Twizel was the coldest place overnight at -5.4C this morning, with the warmest 11.8C at Hokianga, Northland.

Large swells that have caused a state of emergency at Wellington's east coast are easing today.

A light and cool southerly flow was forecast for the lower North Island, with clear and sunny conditions but still chilly temperatures.

Extensive frost was also forecast for the lower South Island, with most places expected to have seen sub-zero temperatures.

Some isolated showers were expected around the country today, but clear skies are forecast for most places over the next couple of days.

MetService meteorologist Andrew James said there were still a few cold mornings ahead.

"This high-pressure system hangs on for a few days, keeping conditions clear and calm for most. The cold air that brought the snow earlier in the week remains over the country too, and with nights largely cloud-free, Kiwis should expect a run of chilly mornings."

Frosts are expected in inland parts of both islands, with Christchurch expected to get down to -4C on Sunday morning, Wellington at 6C, and Auckland at 4C.

It was looking to be a dry and clear weekend mostly, with a few showers around the coast and sprinkles in the Far North, East Cape and Fiordland.

Clear skies for many places mean most Kiwis would get a chance to view Matariki over the next few mornings, MetService said.

The sunny conditions remain over most of the country until late on Monday when a low-pressure system affects the South Island, while high pressure persists over the north for a little longer.

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