New Zealand has had the coldest start to its summer since 2006 but it looks as if the cold snap is soon to end. While it is only the fourth day into the summer season, low temperatures and bitter southwesterlies have contributed to some chilly nights in some regional areas.
While the forecast is set to improve, the cold snap has generated a few worrying problems for individuals such as mountain climbers and fruit growers. For mountain guiding companies the cold temperatures have been particularly frustrating as the mountaineers have been kept of the mountain due to the snow. Similarity fruit and vegetable growers may experience lower harvest yields this summer due to the crops ripping too slowly.
Specifically it looks as if potatoes and carrots will be in short supply this season, consequently leading to a shortage of supply which will hike prices up.
Over the next couple of days, northwesters should see temperatures hiking back up again. With Metservice saying that this month may be one of the driest on record.