Four seasons in a day down south

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 05:00 24/02/2014

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Southerners endured four seasons in one day yesterday as the sun struggled through intermittent downpours, hail, lightning and thunderstorms.

A dusting of snow was seen on the Takitimu mountains.

Saturday was not much better, with Invercargill and Gore listed as the second and third windiest locations in the country on the MetService website.

Invercargill winds reached 93kmh on Saturday, while Gore had a blustery day with winds up to 81kmh.

It was cold in the south, too, with the website listing Gore (7.6 degrees Celsius), Invercargill (8.5C), Queenstown (10.2C), and Wanaka (10.5) in the top five coldest places in New Zealand on Saturday.

MetService meteorologist Mike O'Connor said yesterday's weather was caused by a low front that passed over the south.

"It's kicking up a really cold southwesterly causing unstable weather, with thunderstorms and hail, you are probably experiencing four seasons in one day."

The front also travelled over Otago, and caused hailstorms in Canterbury yesterday afternoon, Mr O'Connor said.

"[Today] is looking a bit nicer but there will be another southwesterly flick, just not as bad, in the early afternoon, which will clear in the evening."

The sunshine should be back on Tuesday, and remain throughout Wednesday, before a southwesterly front once more approaches the south on Thursday.

While most people in Southland were probably cursing the cold weather, farmers would have been welcoming it, Federated Farmers president Russell MacPherson said.

"Farmers have probably enjoyed a bit of cold. Some places in Southland were getting a bit dry, and probably still need some more rain," he said.

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- The Southland Times

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