Otago and the lower South Island are experiencing a crisp chill.

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Late autumn chills have arrived in Otago and the lower South Island, with more on the way.

The city awoke to the coldest start of the year so far this morning, with a temperature of just 0.2 degrees by 7.30 a.m.

According to MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane, a front passing over the South Island had brought a lot of cold air into the area, lowering the temperature.

“What that did is it brought in a lot of cold air behind it, and the sky was fairly clear overnight, so that served to further drop temperatures.

“And then with that we saw a cold morning in Otago, and generally over the lower South Island this morning.”

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Tomorrow was also expected to be a chilly start for the South Island, Makgabutlane said.

“We’ve got another cold front that moves across the South Island today, so another cold morning to be expected, and even some possible snowfalls overnight tonight into tomorrow morning down to about 600 metres.”

For Monday, the service has released a heavy wind warning for the Canterbury High Country. In addition, a road snowfall warning has been issued for the higher sections of the Milford Road in Fiordland on Monday, and Porters Pass in Canterbury on Tuesday.

Temperatures were forecast to remain in the lower teens over most of Otago and Southland on Monday.



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