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Christchurch Hits 40 degrees

Weather stations across Christchurch are showing temperatures have climbed over the 40 degree mark this afternoon as mainly clear skies and a gentle nor’wester create the hottest day in quite some time.

Christchurch based weather analyst Richard Green says thermometers have reached 40 degrees in the past hour.

Photo:  Thermometers across Christchurch are lifting above 40.  This one, sent in by Classic Hits listener Maxine Blackler shows 42 degrees at her Linwood home.

“Barrington is now recording a temperature of 41 degrees, 40 in Cashmere, 38 downtown (or 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and 35 out at the airport”.

The government takes official readings from the airport, where open grassed areas mean temperatures are usually a few degrees lower than in the city. says temperatures are likely to continue to rise over the next hour.

“This is like being in the outback of Australia” says Green.  “It’s been quite some time since I’ve experienced heat like this”.

Back in September Mr Green predicted this summer would be extra hot for eastern areas.  “Higher than usual temperatures would be seen from Gisborne to Otago over the summer period as norwest winds were creating some very warm temps as early as the beginning of Spring”.  He says in the past a hot start to spring has often lead to very hot summers.


Föehn on 8/01/2009 9:41am

In Papakura the indoor thermometer is still sitting steady on 28C although it is much cooler outdoors now. Trouble with being out there, is that the air is full of biting mosquitoes

Heated Up Weather Watcher on 8/01/2009 3:06am

Definitely hotter in Christchurch right now compared to yesterday with much less wind around.

Still hoping for air con in our office…

WW Forecast Team on 8/01/2009 4:01am

I think it might be time to ask the boss to provide some relief!

Tomorrow should be hot again so be prepared however cooler on Saturday(but thats no use as you’ll probably have the weekend off!!)



Linda on 8/01/2009 2:37am

We had 42C here in Rangiora this afternoon too!! I wish I taken a pic of my thermometer!!

WW Forecast Team on 8/01/2009 4:00am

I’m not surprised Linda and that brings back memories of 30 odd years ago when Rangiora took the record high for NZ of 42 degrees. Next time send in a pic of you trying to cope with the heat but I suggest don’t try and eat an ice cream!!

Also be prepared for more heat tomorrow but hopefully more cloud too.



Dave on 8/01/2009 2:23am

It reached 35.6 deg at 1.32pm over in Bexley, now hovering 34deg
(taken by a davis vantage pro 2)

WW Forecast Team on 8/01/2009 3:57am

Appreciate it Dave and that’s consistent with another site in your area too.Hopefully the cloud now has relieved the heat a little.



Michelle on 8/01/2009 2:17am

Our outside digital thermometer here in Burwood is showing 36.8F in the shade! Thank you for all the wonderful information you share. You are my favourite site to visit, especially when we have interesting weather!

WW Forecast Team on 8/01/2009 3:56am

Thanks for letting us know what it’s like at your place too…hot, hot, hot!!

Cloud cover now and the heat isn’t quite so intense but great for a bbq!!




SW on 8/01/2009 2:11am

Why is it when its a hot day the temperatures are so varied ie metservice 33 to 42c.In Winter or a matter afact nearly the rest of the year its not 13 in one city and 22 across town.Here in Auckland its not a cloud in the sky and probably officially 26 degrees but it could be 35 in some places?

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