27 May 2024

Parts of South Island reach sub-zero temperatures overnight

6:38 am on 27 May 2024
A frosty fencepost in rural Canterbury.

File image. Photo: RNZ / Jean Edwards

It was a cold night for some in the South Island, with temperatures in dropping below zero.

Twizel was the coldest place overnight, reaching - 5.1C.

Queenstown and Timaru dropped to -2.3C and it got down to -1C in Ōtautahi.

Kaitaia had the highest temperature on Monday morning, sitting at 13C at 6.30am.

The chill was expected to hang around for a few days, with frost in parts of the south, before temperatures improved in the latter part of the week.

Meanwhile a heavy swell warning was in place until 6pm Monday for Wairarapa - Turakirae Head to Mataikona.

Southerly combined waves were expected to reach 4.5 metres on Monday morning.

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