NZ wakes up to unusually cold spring temperatures

NZ 21/11/2018

New Zealand has woken to an unseasonably cold morning as the week's unsettled weather continues to bite.

By 5am, Auckland and Christchurch had still not broken the double digits, according to NIWA. The cities reached 9degC and 8degC respectively.

Wellington and Dunedin weren't much warmer, reaching 12degC and 11degC in the early morning hours.

The day's temperature is not forecast to improve much either, with Auckland forecast to rise to 16degC, Wellington 13degC, Christchurch 14degC and Dunedin 13DegC.

Weather has been unsettled across the country for much of mid-November. On Tuesday, a heavy hailstorm shocked Aucklanders and Dunedin experienced intense flooding due to heavy rain.

MetService said Dunedin had its wettest day of the month on Tuesday, with 47.7mm of rain recorded between midnight and 8pm.

"That makes it 150.8mm so far this month recorded at the airport," the forecaster said in on Twitter.

The rain may be over for now in Dunedin but the unsettled weather is set to continue throughout Wednesday.

MetService says there is a moderate risk of thunderstorms from Waitomo to Northland throughout the morning.

There is a lower risk of thunderstorms in the Bay of Plenty and Taumarunui to Taranaki later in the morning.