The sunshine that has bathed North Otago for the last week is coming to an end, with a polar blast set to hit the region later today.
It won’t bring a lot of rain, will cause a substantial drop in temperature, with strong to gale-force southerlies as opposed to the northerlies which have gifted the region with sunshine.
Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said the cold weather would bring a dip in the temperature.
“The temperature will dip substantially, with cold strong winds and snow to low levels on the hills.”
Mr Raine said snow to at least 300m in some places would be welcomed by skiers in the region.
“Skiers will enjoy this new polar blast, as it will bring ice and cold weather.”
It was not all doom and gloom, with Mr Raine confident the weather was going to pick up again by the weekend.
The outlook for the weekend is looking positive, with frosts and some warmer temperatures expected for the region.
Mr Raine urged people heading into the hills to carry chains, as road conditions could make them essential.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
ENJOYING THE SUN: Finley Carnell ,12, left, and Johnny Ross,10, hang out at the Fenwick School playground, making the most of the warm winter weather after school yesterday afternoon. The weather is set to change, with a polar blast on the way for the region.