Coldest night of year last night

Cold and blustery conditions are expected in Wellington for much of the day.
Cold and blustery conditions are expected in Wellington for much of the day.

Those dragging out the heaters and reaching for the flannel pyjamas overnight were right - last night was the coldest night of the year in Wellington.

An overnight low of 6.2 degrees was recorded at the Kelburn weather station - the coldest temperature of the year to date. 

The coldest place in the country overnight was Timaru Airport with a chilly -1.8 degrees, according to the Met Service.

The capital also came in for a drenching yesterday with the Kelburn weather station winning the  title for wettest place in the country with 16.2mm of rain recorded.

It was also the second windiest place yesterday, after Kaikoura, with gusts of 81kmh.

Strong winds disrupted some air services. A flight from Sydney due to land at Wellington International Airport about 11.30pm was unable to land on its first attempt. It pulled up and landed on the second attempt to applause from passengers.

Rain showers - some heavy - are set to continue in Wellington and Wairarapa today before easing this afternoon. They are expected to clear this evening, Met Service said.

It recommends Wellingtonians don four layers of clothing and one windproof layer today.

The NIWA National Climate Centre's outlook for early winter, released today,  said a mild start to winter could be expected for New Zealand.

Wellington and the central North Island could expect temperatures to be near average or above average in the early winter.

The Dominion Post