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Sun and Frost

Issued by MetService at 11:42am 14-Aug-2006
Sun and Frost

MetService reported a six degree ground frost at Nelson airport this morning and there are more frosty mornings to come.

"Frosty mornings this week will be mainly affecting people in the South Island and southern parts of the North Island", said MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "Tuesday and Wednesday are likely to be the frostiest."

McDavitt added that an anticyclone moving across the South Island has come from the sub-Antarctic and is bringing clear nights and light winds. "In August, this is a perfect recipe for moderate to severe frosts."

For horticulturalists, frosts at this time of the year are not as damaging as they can be in a month's time. The cold mornings will slow pasture growth for farmers and may also slow down the blooming of daffodils in your home garden.

Bright sunshine will take its time to get to northern areas. Unsettled weather is forecast to linger over Northland and Auckland until the end of Tuesday.


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