Time to wrap up warm

Manawatu people will need to wrap up warm for the next few sleeps after Metservice warnings about cold overnight temperatures this week.

The 10-day forecast for Palmerston North has overnight temperatures in single figures for tonight, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.

The weekend is expected to reach the negatives overnight, with the temperature sitting around the -1 degrees Celsius mark.

But Manawatu should be used to the cooler weather when it was nearing bedtime, with last night's readings of -2.3C one of the coolest this winter, MetService meteorologist John Law said.

However it's not quite cold enough for snow to reach the region's lowlands, with Palmerston North safe from any white sprinklings.

But snowflakes may be noted on the hills to the east and in the high grounds in the Rangitikei district and in Taihape, Law said.

''There's going to be some pretty chilly temperatures for Manawatu but the snowfall will stay away, and as we head through the days the freezing level will lift up.

When the temperatures sit around 3C overnight, which was forecasted for Manawatu, morning frost could be expected, Law said.

The next couple of days will see the are stuck in cold southerlies, which will mean a bitter breeze for those out and about.

''There will be some cold and frosty nights, but keep watching those showers and the winds,'' Law said.

Manawatu Standard