Hamilton shivers in cold snap

Last updated 10:44 03/06/2009

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Hamiltonians woke to one of their coldest June days on record, with a biting minus 4.2 degrees Celsius recorded at Hamilton Airport this morning.

MetService duty forecaster Ian Miller said that temperature eclipsed a June 1992 reading of -3.8C. Overnight, a national low of -6C was recorded in Waiouru. He said the Hamilton temperatures were at the "severe end" expected for the city. In Taupo overnight the temperature also dropped to -4C, while Paeroa recorded -1C and Tairua a balmy 4C.

It was the second day Waikato people had awoken to crunchy grass and iced-over vehicles. Yesterday's grass minimum temperature was -3.8C. Waikato was not alone with other regions also enduring freezing temperatures. The cold and clear conditions are expected to continue tomorrow but cloud and rain is forecast to arrive in the region on Friday.

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- Waikato Times

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