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Cantabs enjoy taste of summer

Eastern areas were again the hottest part of the country today as north to nor’ west winds starting to kick into gear as an approaching front moved in from the Tasman Sea.

“Canterbury had a day that’s hardly occurred throughout the entire summer” says  weather analyst Richard Green.” We had a very  warm nor’ wester pick up over parts of the province with lots of warm sunshine this afternoon and it seems that daytime highs in this part of the world have been higher this month compared to last month which is very unusual ” Mr Green said.  facebook readers also enjoyed some of the warmth “The sun has just come out in christchurch. It’s almost 25deg!” said Tracy and Jason put it succinctly  with “sunny and warm in Christchurch”.

The comments kept coming and Cindy posted “Started off cloudy in Christchurch now its sunny , hot & muggy :)just beautiful” and further north Alex stated “Hot and windy in Rangiora. It was cold yesterday.”

It wasn’t smelling of roses everywhere though as Ann said  “Wellington damp, windy and miserable.”and then added later “Wellington has had a stink of a summer. Virtually on tomatoes, peppers or eggplants to harvest this year “.

Tonight, wet and windy conditions are set to cross many parts of the nation but clearer skies should be back by tomorrow morning however the odd shower could still linger in places during Sunday.

Story by weather analyst Richard Green


JohnGaul on 24/03/2012 6:37am

Yes, an ‘Indian Summer’ sort of day here today with northerly breezes and a maximum temperature of 26.8C. Clear blue skies, with a ragged, rainy cloud line along the Alps.
Light NW at the moment and a low barometer reading of 987hPa.
Sadly tomorrow should be an overcast day with some drizzle and breezy SW winds as a cold upper-level trough moves across. MetService has forecasted some ‘thundery showers’ ( I hate that term) to areas south of ChCh for tomorrow but with cloud cover these chances are reduced but then with a low surface barometer and an incoming anticyclone pushing this way, you never know what may happen?

David on 24/03/2012 8:28am

The front seems to have been a fizzer here in Wellington, the rain that showed on the radar at 2.30ish just dissapeared as it got closer to us and went all around.
The wind has hardly been the gale expected and seems odd that Metservice issues a wind warning at 8pm for Wellington when it looks as though everything is running out of steam.
Looks as though the churning thundery stuff in the low/mid Tasman will miss us as well.
At least the washing will dry now hopefully.


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