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Freezing temperatures in Christchurch as Auckland drops to single digits

Winter is turning cold across the country, with Christchurch experiencing sub-zero temperatures.

MetService said some of the coldest temperatures on Monday night were in Tekapo (-3.7C), Dunedin Airport (-2.6), Christchurch (0.8) and Alexandra (-2.2).

It was said that the first two weeks of May were expected to be on the cooler side due to the south-westerly winds moving through the country.

Even if rain forecasts are drier than normal, there would also be some wet days, especially from mid-May onwards.

In Auckland, temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 7ºC to 5ºC this week, with isolated showers expected until Wednesday.

The low in Wellington for this week is usually 5C and 6C. Rain was expected in the region on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Nelson was expected to drop to a low of 2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, with some possible showers on Monday, but largely fine for the rest of the week.

Christchurch is in for a cold snap, with sub-zero temperatures (-3C) expected on Thursday, along with rain, and a low of 0C for Monday and Tuesday.

Further south, Dunedin’s lows were slightly better than Christchurch’s, with 3C and 4C expected on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Christchurch is in for a cold snap, with sub-zero temperatures (-3C) expected on Thursday, along with rain, and a low of 0C for Monday and Tuesday (file image).

Morning frost and intermittent rain were forecast for the region on Monday, with more rain expected on Wednesday and Friday

rnz.co.nz