The last 7 days have been quite phenomenal in this part of the world with extremely hot weather in parts of Australia and the tragic bushfires through to very cool weather in parts of this country over the last 48-72 hours.
Last Sunday there was the possibility of 40 degrees being cracked on this side of the Tasman.
Culverden in Canterbury got close with 38 degrees and Hanmer Springs on 36. Overnight temperatures in the south were in the mid 20s, as hot nor’ westers blew throughout the night.
The heat shifted north and caused very high temperatures as well. The week saw Auckland having one of its hottest ever days and an overnight low of 22 degrees created a new record.Humidity has been high on some occasions, making it almost unbearable in some cases.
Manawatu and Wanganui districts had a big soaking midweek, causing a few problems. Rain with a southerly saw the mercury plunge in the south with temperatures struggling to hit double figures although the rain was welcome but still rather sporadic in some regions.
Yesterday Auckland struggled to hit 18 degrees as did Hamilton and Gisborne- a big change from just a day or two earlier.
Today doesn’t look as if it will be a record breaker anywhere. Temperatures should begin to rise a little however and be closer to where they should be for February.
Let’s hope the next 7 days though aren’t quite so dramatic!