30 Oct 2016

Wintery start to the day as cold snap hits

8:59 am on 30 October 2016

Much of the country had a wintery start to the day - but the cold snap will be giving way to a brief bit of sunshine later in the day.

Temperatures were hovering around freezing in parts of the South Island this morning, with Queenstown the lowest at -0.8°C at 7am, and Alexandra at 0.4°C.

People in Blenheim and Masterton woke to temperatures of around 1°C, while Timaru and Oamaru were on 3.6°C.

In Central Otago, a pilot was injured when the helicopter he was flying - apparently for frost protection on crops - crashed early this morning.

Inland North Island areas had a chilly start too, with Levin on 2.9°C, Palmerston North managing 4.2°C and Hamilton on 4.8°C.

Auckland was spared the cool start to the day, getting to double figures with a relatively tropical 12 degrees at 7am and a forecast high of 16°C.

MetService says this morning's cold snap will give way to sunny skies over much of the country by the afternoon.

But it won't last for long, as another trough brings more rain over the country on Tuesday and Wednesday.