Antarctic blast hits New Zealand, bringing spring snow across the country


An Antarctic explosion in New Zealand (NZ) has brought snow to large parts of the country, including Christchurch and Wellington, in the spring.

The southern part of the country woke up to temperatures close to 0 degrees Celsius, with the coldest spot being Te Anau at -6 degrees Celsius.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Christchurch had its first snowfall in 53 years in October.

Temperatures at Wanaka airport dropped to minus 3 degrees overnight, the lowest temperature recorded for October since records began in 1992.

As a result, several roads across the country were closed, NZ Transport Agency It’s a warning to many others.

The Queenstown Lake District Council has warned drivers about black ice on the roads and to reconsider the need to travel unless necessary.

“If you absolutely have to move, slow down. Roads are like skating rinks,” said the council. Position On facebook.

Freezing spring temperatures come after New Zealand records record warm winterAccording to the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA), the national average was 9.8 degrees, which was 1.2 degrees higher than the average.

Friday morning looked like the beginning of frost for many, but temperatures will rise slowly over the weekend, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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State Highway 1 in snow in Dunedin as a cold front hit the lower part of the South Island in Dunedin, New Zealand, on September 11, 2012. (Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Expected power demand surge could cause problems

Transpower expected demand for electricity to surge across the country as people turned on their heaters to warm themselves up.

TransPower’s operations general manager, Stephen Jays, said the cold front arrived during the school holidays, usually resulting in lower demand, which created uncertainty.

Further uncertainties have arisen from wind forecasts that affect the output of wind turbines.

However, increased daylight hours were expected to dampen demand.

Jays said he will closely monitor weather and power supply and demand.

“This unique situation provides an ideal opportunity to meet with industry to discuss challenges and remind participants of the process for dealing with low residue situations.” Said staff news.

Rebecca Chu


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