+ Christchurch drops 5 degrees in 100 seconds!
Extreme temperatures affected a number of main centres over the weekend thanks to clear skies and warm winds. Blenheim jumped to 33 degrees on Sunday afternoon and spent most of the afternoon hovering around that temperature.
Inland parts of Hawkes Bay, plus Canterbury were around 28 degrees thanks to a very warm nor’wester.
However head weather analyst Philip Duncan says a southerly arrived in Christchurch around 4:45pm, causing the temperature to drop a staggering 5 degrees in under 2 minutes “with a total of 12 degrees in just 50 minutes”.
In Auckland a hot sun was cooled a little by winds gusting up to 70km/h in exposed areas.
So what’s in store this week? Southerlies and south easterlies will be common place, meaning temperatures more around the lower 20s. Philip Duncan says hot spots will be Marlborough, Nelson, Manawatu and Waikato.
It should be a very sunny week in the north, while showers will be a welcome relief during the week for eastern parts of the North Island, where it has been very dry lately.