That global warming is going well


Snow fell on the mountains around Canterbury and Otago … as temperatures plummeted to as low as 1degC in the lower South Island.

MetService meteorologist Peter Little says it could be the coldest day of the summer for many.

“We’ve had a cold front move over the country and that’s been followed by some very cold southerly winds,” he says. “That’s allowed snow to fall to fairly low levels in the lower South Island.

“It is unseasonably cold for this time of year but it’s not a record or anything like that.”
Temperatures dropped to 1degC at Mt Cook overnight while Gore and Southland felt 4degC and Dunedin Airport hit 5degC.

Mr Little says it will be a shock to the system for many people around the country after a warm January.

It was quite the contrast to a week earlier when nightly temperatures in most of the country didn’t fall much below 20.   All of a sudden I was quite happy to have a blanket again.

What is good to know is that with all this extra cold, we’re obviously still not pumping enough CO2 into the atmosphere, so don’t worry about going for a bit of a blat this long weekend.


– Thomas Mead, 3 News


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