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Media release: High and Dry - Monday 28th May 2018

High and Dry - Monday 28th May 2018

It’s set to be a cold end to May this week, with temperatures across the country on the chilly side and many spots on both the North and South Island set to wake up to some frosty mornings. On Monday morning Manapouri took the crown for the coldest spot with temperatures dropping to -2.5C.

High pressure building across the South Island will mean a more settled week for many with plenty of dry and sunny weather in the forecast. However with clear skies and light winds expected overnight MetService advises temperatures will quickly drop away.

“The cold air that arrived last week coupled with the still, clear conditions this week make for the perfect set up for some frosty nights,” MetService meteorologist John Law advised.
While the coldest spots will be found in inland Otago and Canterbury even the Far North and Auckland will be experiencing some cold nights. Temperatures in the city of sails are set to drop to as low as 5C.

“It will be a cold week coming up both by day and by night,” Law commented, “and it will be feeling colder if you are out in areas more exposed to any wind.”

Although cold for much of New Zealand the weather is looking settled however the east of the North Island will find the skies remain mostly cloudy this week with showers.

“As the winds turn more easterly, it will be Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne that struggle to lose the cloud this week,” Law said.

Temperatures overnight Tuesday into Wednesday will be low enough to bring a widespread frost to both the North and the South Island.

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