Kiwis are being advised to brace for another cold night after parts of the country’s North and South Island experienced its lowest temperature in over 90 years.
Pukaki, near Mount Cook, experienced -20 degree weather on Tuesday morning. Queenstown got -7 degrees; and Dunedin, Taumarunui, and Blenheim experienced -5 degrees; Hamilton experienced -2 degrees; and Auckland experienced 2.7 degrees.
The coldest temperature that the country experienced before this bone-chilling event was -25.6 in Ranfurly, in 1903.
“It’s a question finding a place in the South Island that didn’t go below zero last night,” said MetService meteorologist Rebekah LaBar.
TVNZ reported that Queenstown residents are recommended to wear four layers of clothing, as well as a windproof layer.
MetService’s forecast said that temperatures of 6 degrees to -2 degrees in Wellington is possible, even colder–a “very cold very frosty and very icy start to Wednesday,” said MetService’s John Law.
Everyone is also advised to take extra care when on the road, as the freezing weather can cause accidents. One woman died in Christchurch after skidding head-on into a bus after her ute hit a patch of black ice.
Senior Sergeant Richard Ryan of the Canterbury police told The New Zealand Herald that the roads were “treacherous.”
“Police have attended a couple of minor accidents already today that can be attributed to the black ice which has set on the roads. Road contractors are being utilised to try and alleviate the current problem,” he added.
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