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Coldest snap so far this year - MetService

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 19/05/2017

Snow © Getty Images Snow A polar blast is on the way for southern New Zealand bringing heavy snow and icy gales.

Southern and central New Zealand are in for the worst of the weather as icy winds sweep up the country. Snow is expected to low levels in the south and falls could be heavy on the hills above 400 metres.

Niwa Chris Brandolino said it was the coldest snap so far in the year.

"But it's the back end of May, so these things should be expected."

Christchurch and Dunedin are likely to be 3°C or lower tomorrow morning, while inland parts of the South Island could get temperatures as low as -4°C to -8°C, he said.

Aucklanders were also in for a cooler spell.

"It will be chilly in Auckland - near or below 5 degrees - on Sunday morning."

There was also a chance that Dunedin and other ares nearer sea level could see a dusting of snow as the front goes by, he said.

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