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Ice is still lying on the ground here and in another place 18 hours after it fell, despite heavy rain overnight (it probably lies in more than two places but I didn't look further). Compare with this photo. Pen for scale.

For Auckland this is quite incredible (hail usually disappears ten minutes after it falls) and I read that yesterday's temperature was the lowest on record, with NIWA saying that the highest temperature was 8.2C.

16 August 2011 at 0834