-8C frosts fore­cast for week­end

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Some of the heav­i­est frosts of the year are fore­cast to hit this week­end, with ex­perts warn­ing overnight tem­per­a­tures could drop as low as -8C.

A cold southerly snaking its way up the coun­try is be­ing chased by a large high, which will lock the cold air in and send the mer­cury plum­met­ing.

“Overnight lows tonight may drop as low as -8C in alpine ar­eas. In­land parts through Otago, South­land and Can­ter­bury have the high­est risk of frost tonight,” WeatherWat­ch warns.

The weather com­pany is fore­cast­ing Queen­stown will drop down to -5C on Satur­day night, while Alexan­dra and Cromwell look to drop to around -3C.

On Sun­day the risk of frosts spreads to the North Is­land as the high-pres­sure sys­tem ex­pands, bring­ing lighter winds and lower tem­per­a­tures.

“Frosty weather is pos­si­ble around some parts of Waikato on Mon­day morn­ing,” WeatherWat­ch says. “Ru­ral parts of south Auck­land are on the bor­der­line where it lifts up to 3C. A slight breeze in the north may keep overnight lows up a few de­grees.

“Frosts overnight Sun­day/Mon­day morn­ing will be pos­si­ble in a num­ber of in­land, shel­tered, parts of both is­lands.”

Warmer norther­lies re­turn on Mon­day to the South Is­land and on Tues­day in the North Is­land.

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