Yesterday many parts of New Zealand baked under sunny, warm skies as the Nor’wester kicked in or clear, calm skies made their presence felt.
Warm winds ahead of a front on the South Island’s west coast pushed temperatures as high as 27 degrees in parts of Canterbury.
South Island weather analyst Richard Green says 48 hours earlier, Christchurch had a cloudless day with a very cool easterly and temperatures were lucky to hit double figures, whereas yesterday most of the day was spent in the 20’s. “beaches are starting to see local residents who have been scarce in recent months”.
Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and Bay of Plenty also reached into the lower and mid 20’s yesterday with repeat performances expected again today.
Currently temperatures have already reached 20 degrees in parts of Canterbury and the late teens in Hawke’s Bay.