New Zealand's coldest fortnight of the year set to be even colder

Wrap up warm over the coming days - temperatures in most of New Zealand are forecast to be colder than usual during what is the coldest time of the year.

The MetService's long-range forecast for July is picking below average temperatures for the first half of the month.

That's the time when, on average, temperatures tend to bottom out, MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths says.

"This is typically the coldest fortnight of the year, and all indications are that most of New Zealand will see below average temperatures during this time," she said.

Recent snowfalls over the lower South Island, and the expectation of a cooler phase during the school holidays, is great news for those thinking of a ski trip during the school holidays.

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