Weather: New Zealand blasted by cold spell

  • 05/03/2024

Temperatures have plummeted across New Zealand on Tuesday, plunging to 7C in the lower South Island amid a cold spell to kick off autumn.  

MetService said Tuesday's milestone would be in the Southland town of Gore, only reaching a high of 10C - equalling June's average temperature.  

In the North Island, Wellington's expected high was only 14C and Auckland 18C. 

MetService has also issued strong wind watches for coastal Southland, Clutha and Dunedin as well as the Tararua and Hawke's Bay district in the North Island, valid until at least 5pm on Tuesday.  

Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Rotorua, Hamilton and Whangārei would also be affected by rain on Tuesday. Christchurch was also hit by a short shower of hail.  

"Temperatures start out cold and stay cold today under strong, showery west-to-southwesterlies," MetService said.  

"A shift to strong southwesterlies means temperatures take a dip - only 12C in Dunedin and Queenstown."  

In the next few days, conditions were expected to settle again before a front moves north through northern and central New Zealand on Friday.