Trains cancelled after icy cold night

Last updated 10:39 08/07/2014

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Wellington has gone through one of the the year's coldest nights, with train services cancelled due to ice this morning.

Tranz Metro cancelled all services on the Johnsonville train line this morning because of ice on the overhead wires. Buses replaced trains till about 9.30am when train services began again.

Four Air New Zealand services departing Wellington early this morning experienced minor delays while the aircraft were de-iced.

MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said Wellington Airport dropped to 1.6 degrees Celsius early this morning, Kelburn dropped to 3.2C, Lower Hutt to freezing point, Upper Hutt to -2.7C, and Masterton to -1.4C.

The only colder day this year was June 1 at Wellington Airport, when it dropped to freezing point.

The coldest day in July on record was in 2001 when it reached -1.1C at the airport.

Glassey said frosts could be expected this morning as ground temperatures could be as much as 3C below air temperature.

Taupo dropped to freezing point overnight, Paraparaumu to -1C, Whanganui to 1C and Palmerston North to 5C.

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