Coldest day of year hits Northland

By Mike Dinsdale

It might be known as the Winterless North, but two weeks out from daylight saving and Northlanders dreaming of summer, the region has shivered through its coldest day of the year.

A ground frost blanketed much of Northland yesterday, with even many coastal residents experiencing ice on their windscreens when they got up to go to work.

The frost came as the mercury plummeted to 0.1C in the Bay of Islands, 1.6C in Kaitaia and 1.9C at 5.30am in Whangarei, MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.

They were the coldest temperatures recorded at each of the centres this year as a blast of wintry weather crept over the country from the south. The previous lows this year were 0.5C in the Bay of Islands on July 11; 2.2C in Whangarei on July 11, and 2C in Kaitaia on June 9. Mr Corbett said yesterday was "very cold" for the time of year, but this morning's temperatures were unlikely to drop as low again. "It's going to get better for you and it shouldn't be as low as that again [this year]."

He said a northerly change today will bring warmer weather, but rain is likely for the region today and tomorrow, with some possibly heavy falls.

However the situation should clear up on Sunday. "There will possibly be a few showers around on Sunday morning, but they should move away and things should be good by the afternoon."

- Northern Advocate

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