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Canterbury has both warmest and coldest weather

Canterbury today did something most regions could never do – it had both the nation’s highest and lowest maximum temperatures.

In today’s Daily Highs revealed that Hanmer Springs hit 25 degrees – sharing it with Alexandra in Central Otago – while Lyttleton reached just 15 degrees.

Lyttleton is about 120kms south of Hanmer.

The temperature difference shows the affect of the cooler easterly breeze in coastal parts of Canterbury whereas heating inland is not affected by the easterly flow. 

A little further inland Christchurch made it to 17 degrees.

It was a similar story in Otago with Dunedin reaching 18, Dunedin Airport – which is inland – reaching 21 and Alexandra hitting 25.

Homepage Image : Cows enjoying the spring sun in Canterbury / Holindu Abhayagunawardena


sw on 9/11/2010 6:52am

Same diffrences occur in otago/southland alexandra/gore/milford again waioru and across the hill in napier again different province however.

Allen Pidwell on 9/11/2010 6:13am

So what?
Lyttleton sits in a coastal environment and Hamner Springs in an inland mountain /range basin. Why the surprise? New Zealand has multiple micro climates separated by a few klicks. Get used to it.

WW Forecast Team on 9/11/2010 6:35am

It was more of an interesting story than a hard hitting breaking news story.  Some readers like the quirky stories too!  (but you both raise good points)

– WeatherWatch

Simon on 9/11/2010 5:13am

Actually this would be quite a common occurrence in Canterbury in spring and summer, with differentials of 10 or even 15 degrees between the coast and inland basins. The difference is even greater when a ridge brings a light fohn NW flow but the easterly sneaks in under it along the coast. A couple of weeks ago, Waipara (only 60km north of ChCh, but sheltered by hills to the east) had around 27 while exposed coastal locations struggled to 16.

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