Temperatures in New Zealand drop to -4.3degC

New Zealand 12/04/2018

New Zealand faces another day of bad weather as a new front moves up New Zealand.

MetService issued a watch for Auckland and Northland on Thursday, warning of thunderstorms and strong winds.

Much of Auckland and the Taranaki region has already been damaged by two days of massive storms, leaving thousands without power.

The wintry blast also caused the first major snow of 2018 in parts of Canterbury.

  • Auckland has been left heavily damaged following extremely strong winds. 
  • Around 45,000 customers are still without power.
  • Overnight lows of 6degC were expected on Wednesday night in Auckland.
  • More bad weather is on the way on Thursday evening.

Auckland woke up to 6degC on Thursday morning - while the South Island started off below freezing.

"Coldest place in NZ this morning is St Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes area starting the day on -4.3degC!" MetService says on Twitter.

"Coldest town was Blenheim on -1.2degC at 7am. Another couple of cooler days ahead for many places around the country."

Auckland Transport warns that multiple roads remain closed after the devastating storm.

"Following Tuesday nights severe storm, the following roads are currently affected. Please avoid these roads if possible or expect delays and/or diversions where required," it says.

"In addition the ongoing power outages means that multiple traffic signals across Auckland are out until power can be restored. If you travel through an affected intersection this morning, please apply give way rules and drive with extra care."

"Multiple traffic signals across Auckland will remain out this morning due to power outages from Tue night's severe storm," Auckland Transport warns on Twitter.

"Please be patient, take extra care & follow give-way rules at all affected intersections until power is able to be restored."

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