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Cloudy,cold Canty sees sun return

It’s been a fairly gloomy week for Cantabrians with temperatures almost winter like and skies dull and dreary with periods of rain and drizzle. This morning brighter skies and milder temperatures have returned after a considerable absence

Sunshine has proved evasive on many days and although Thursday much of Christchurch saw some sunshine, a number of coastal suburbs were denied the opportunity as sea fog hugged the coastline for much of the day.

Overnight temperatures have been a little milder than what’s expected for early May due to cloud cover keeping the very little daytime heating from escaping however daytime maximums have been low not only in Christchurch and Canterbury but along much of the eastern part of the South Island.
The thermometer has made double figures on most occasions but due to the overcast conditions and dampness, many residents have felt much colder than figures have shown.

Winds have been generally light which has been a blessing for some however the middle of this coming week they are expected to increase from the north.

Overhead conditions this week are a mix of some sunshine, a few cloudy areas and the risk of light rain but the good news is that warmer temperatures are expected later in the week as winds tend milder north to nor’ west.


gparker on 7/05/2011 11:40pm

I’d like to think it will get warmer near the end of this week but usually when nor’westers are forecasted this time of year they never actually arrive in Christchurch, usually nor’east winds take control instead meaning cooler weather, usually cloud.

RW on 8/05/2011 12:32am

I could provide plenty of counterexamples. My brother’s wedding there was in the westerly-dominated May 1973, and after a clearance of early scattered cloud the temperature rose to the 24-25C mark in light NW conditions – a glorious summerlike day. I coudl easily find examples of similar days in June.

gparker on 8/05/2011 1:48am

True. There are always exceptions. Just seems this year, even last year the weather pattern has meant al ot of forecasted NW’s that have been pushed back by the NE even turning slightly SW. In the last few days for instance this happened on the 4th and 5th. But yes there are obvious exceptions, just less of them.

RW on 8/05/2011 5:52am

I think the strong La Nina – fading but effects still being felt – may have had quite a bit to do with this.

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