– NZ – South Island wakes to record freeze (Ice Age, June 23, 2015):
“In a rare event, almost the entire South Island has woken up to temperatures below zero degrees today,”
says Radio New Zealand.
“MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassy said the coldest place in the South Island overnight was Pukaki aerodrome near Twizel which reached a bone chilling – 19.8°C
One person died when their car hit black ice today near Christchurch.
Meanwhile, some people in the Canterbury region have been without power since heavy snow brought down lines last week.
– New Zealand looking at record low temperatures (Ice Age, June 23, 2015):
“One of our coldest days in history,” shouts headline. “New Zealand shivers as mercury plummets.”
Temperatures at Lake Pukaki dropped to -22 C (-7.6 F) overnight as the big freeze continues to envelop New Zealand.
Breakfast weather presenter Sam Wallace says the low temperatures are starting to get close to the New Zealand record, which was -25.6 degree Celsius in 1903 in Ranfurly.
“It’s down there New Zealand, one of our coldest days in history,” said Wallace. ‘It’s temperatures like I’ve never seen before.’
“Boy we’re in for a cold one New Zealand. we’re actually looking at record temperatures,” he says.
Lake Pukaki is west of Timaru and south of Aoraki/Mount Cook.
The MetService said Omarama went as low as -16.7 degrees and Tekapo -13 degrees.
Invercargill was at -3.6 degrees, Alexandra -5.1 degrees and Queenstown -5.3 degrees.