3 Jun 2013

Power surge as Aucklanders feel the cold

6:19 pm on 3 June 2013

Auckland power company Vector says last week's cold weather snap sent electricity use soaring.

Vector says the demand for power reached just over 1718 megawatts on 29 May, 200 mega-watts more than the same time last year.

Vector says the last night that electricity demand skyrocketed in a single day was in 2011 when Auckland experienced snow in some parts of the region.

The city hit a record demand of about 1850 megawatts.

Last week's stormy weather also brought down power lines across the city, and there were seven crashes involving a car and a power pole.