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    Early spring shakes off winter's icy grip
    4:00AM Saturday Aug 29, 2009
    By Eloise Gibson


    Daffodils are blooming early in Auckland's Cornwall Park. Photo / Brett Phibbs

    A cold and early winter has been replaced by an unusually warm and early spring, in a rare act of symmetry by the weather gods.

    Forecasters have confirmed what people and plants might already sensed - winter has disappeared long before the official first day of spring.

    Spring arrives on Tuesday, but already August looks likely to set records for heat.

    Niwa weather data for the first three weeks of the month showed average temperatures about one degree higher than usual for this time of year.

    Climate scientist Jim Salinger of the World Meteorological Organisation predicted this month would break the record average temperature of 10C set in 1987 to become the hottest August since records began.

    Niwa climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said it seemed as though spring had come early.

    Though many would think it only fair to have an early spring to compensate for an early winter, she said the warmth was just a random result of "swings and roundabouts" in natural climate cycles.

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    Winter encore predicted before weekend
    NZPA
    Last updated 14:54 02/09/2009

    Winter is expected to have one last hurrah with snow forecast over much of the country until the weekend.

    The MetService said strong cold winds were expected to spread snow showers down to 200 metres over Otago overnight, and over Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura Coast down to 400 metres tomorrow morning.

    Snow would not reach warning levels but was likely to affect hill suburbs in Dunedin and the northern motorway.

    Up to 20cm could fall on the Catlins through to late Thursday morning.

    Snow showers should lower to about 400 metres on the eastern ranges of Wellington, 500 metres for the central North Island and Hawke's Bay, and to about 600 metres over Gisborne tomorrow.

    Showers south of Napier should clear on Friday but rain and strong winds were expected in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay on the weekend.

    Severe frosts were expected on sheltered basins and valleys in the South Island on Friday morning and again on Saturday.

    Motorists were warned to take care in icy conditions.

    Cold southerlies were expected over the North Island late on Thursday, and farmers were warned the wind, cold showers and snow could be stressful for newborn lambs and calves.

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    Snow, ice chase spring away
    The Dominion Post
    Last updated 08:19 25/09/2009

    Snowfalls have caused traffic chaos in the lower North Island and laid on a frosty welcome for spring lambs.

    MetService forecaster Derek Holland said yesterday's chilly easterly blast brought record low temperatures to the Kapiti Coast and single-figure lows to the rest of the region.

    The thermometer in Paraparaumu barely nudged 8 degrees Celsius - the lowest maximum temperature recorded in September since records began in 1993.

    The Rimutaka Hill Road was closed from just after 4pm because of heavy snow, which fell as low as 200 metres in the Tararua Range, Wairarapa, Wellington, southern Manawatu and Central Hawke's Bay.

    Snow was also expected to hit relatively low levels in parts of Nelson, Marlborough and North Canterbury.

    Temperatures stayed in the single digits in Wellington yesterday, with a high of nine degrees recorded in Kelburn.

    Heavy rain in the capital may have contributed to at least one nose-to-tail crash, which briefly closed the Mt Victoria Tunnel in the afternoon. One lane of The Terrace Tunnel was also blocked by a breakdown just after 4pm.

    Wairarapa experienced an unusually chilly spring day with a top temperature of 7C in Masterton, the lowest in 17 years.

    Snow made the going difficult for motorists in the Manawatu Gorge, Pahiatua Track and Norsewood areas, and high winds were reported on State Highway 1 between Sanson and Foxton and in the Ashhurst area.

    State Highway 1, north of Bulls, was affected by flooding.

    Mr Holland said residents in the central North Island and Bay of Plenty should watch for rising rivers and streams and surface flooding.

    "Over the lower North Island and upper South Island, the combination of cold rain or snow and strong winds is likely to be stressful to vulnerable stock, and farmers in these areas should consider moving stock to shelter."

    Satellite pictures showed particles from Sydney's dust storm drifting across the north of the North Island yesterday, ushered in by the low from across the Tasman, but Mr Holland said it was being dampened down by rain.

    "It might just look like a hazy day."

    Fresh southeasterlies were predicted to bring more rain and chilly temperatures to the Wellington region today but showers should gradually ease tomorrow.

    STRANDED IN SNOW

    Masterton friends Robyn MacKay, left, and Cassandra Christiansen spent 1 1/2 hours stranded at the Rimutaka Hill Road summit after snow closed in as they headed home after a day shopping.

    "We'd already stopped the car because it was getting scary when we heard they had closed the road," said Ms MacKay, 20.

    "It was freezing, we only had one blanket."

    They left Wellington about 3.30pm and it was nearly 6pm when they got home.

    "After they cleared the road, we took another half hour to get down the hill because it was such slow going."

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