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Cloud brings a little relief

Conditions around Canterbury are a little cooler this morning due to high cloud in some areas but it’s a relief for many locals after yesterdays fierce heat.

Last night Christchurch continued to bake with 26 degrees recorded at midnight, making it the hottest temperature recorded at that hour for decades. This followed the heat of yesterday which caused a few concerns as some people became agitated in the heat with one or two domestics breaking out!

Buses heading to the beach were crowded and lifesaving patrol hours were extended to cope with the masses. Heat triggered off numerous fire alarms but a positive for some retailers was that it kept city bars reasonably busy too!

A scrub fire was reported near the airport during the early hours of the morning as nor’ west winds flared up once again but not to any great degree.

To the stats and it was the hottest day since 1998 in the city and in the top 5 hottest days of all time. 35.7 degrees at the airport was just a fraction below the January record.

Tomorrow may come as a shock for some Cantabrians as temperatures look as if they wont manage to get much above the mid teens but showers are forecast which will certainly be welcome by many, as 7 days of 30 degrees or more have been recorded since Christmas day.

Richard Green


home loan on 30/01/2009 1:11pm

Lovely. Great site.

weather-nut on 9/01/2009 2:04am

Hi Richard,

Perhaps you meant it was the hottest day at the ‘airport’ since 1998 (Christchurch Gardens in the city only recorded a max of 34.4¬∞C in 1998), or the hottest day in the city since 1982, when Christchurch Gardens recorded its second highest ever temp of 37.0¬∞C on Feb 15?

The airport did record its second highest ever Jan temperature yesterday, since records began 54 years ago, and it was also the 5th highest overall. For Christchurch Gardens however, it was the 4th highest ever Jan temperature since records began well over 100 years ago and the 6th highest all-time record.

weather-nut on 9/01/2009 6:22am

My apologies re the city temperatures Richard. It appears the city’s official max temperature yesterday was 36.5¬∞C, taken just outside Hagley Park, making it the highest ever Jan temperature around there since records began well over 100 years ago and the third highest all-time record.

WW Forecast Team on 10/01/2009 8:38pm

Thank you for that and I was referring to the airport readings(even though I stated city!) so therefore and not surprisingly the city reading was higher and great to know that it broke all January records too!



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