Although Saturday and Sunday turned out to be stunning days, morning temperatures were the coldest this year, according to the Cook Islands Meteorological Service.
Observer Mike Rau said the temperature dropped to 15 degrees Celsius early on both days as the southeast wind carried a chill up from Antarctica.
“Whenever the wind turns to the southeast that’s when the temperature starts to drop,” he said.
Rau said 14 to 15 degrees is about as cold as it gets in Rarotonga during the winter season.
One local spoken to by CINews said the temperature gauge in her car was sitting at about 6 degrees on Saturday morning, as she drove to Avarua with the heater blasting.
The wind had shifted to the southwest yesterday, bringing slightly warmer weather.
Visitors will no doubt wonder what all the fuss is about; the lowest temperatures in Sydney and Auckland are well below 10 degrees at the moment.