While much of the country is seeing some sunshine, Alexandra is shining brightly this week with temperatures up and around the 30 degree mark consistently.
Not that there’s anything unusual in that but the continental type climate is certainly making an impact and is perfect timing for the wonderful stone fruit in the region.
It appears the heat isn’t going to disappear in a hurry and Christmas and Boxing Day appears to also be sweltering so all chocoalte goodies may need to be stored in the fridge before the big day!.
Wanaka and Queenstown have also enjoyed the heat this week along with Cromwell and Clyde and many holidaymakers are already making their annual trek to the region for Christmas and New Year.
Conditions are drying out rapidly and fires in open areas are basically a no go in the area at anytime of year but the current heat is making it almost tinder dry already.
The extended forecast over the next couple of weeks also looks warm to very warm at times but the odd shower could appear in the afternoons due to cloud build ups as a result of the warmth.
As The New year approaches cloud may set in for a time and its likely to cool off briefly and some showers could become widespread for a time.
One favourite camping and holiday spot in the area the lovely Glendhu Bay area near Wanaka where the warmth this week has been well received and enjoyed by many locals and visitors.
Merry Christmas to everyone in the Central Otago and Southern Lakes District from the team at WeatherWatch.