For the middle of April the weather across much of New Zealand can only be described as one thing – warm.
Yesterday saw northern centres reach the lower 20s but it was the South Island that really felt the heat with Canterbury and Central Otago reaching the mid 20s.
Alexandra and Hanmer Springs reached 25, with Christchurch and Hastings both reaching 23.
On Monday Napier, Hastings and Blenheim all reached 24 with Gisborne and Masterton on 23.
The warm weather isn’t going anywhere fast either – in fact, it may be the opposite with nor’west winds developing over central New Zealand.
WeatherWatch.co.nz predicts temperatures will reach the mid 20s in the east for the rest of the week with mid to late 20s possible this weekend as the nor’westers kick in.
on 20/04/2010 9:46pm
This weather is amazing – I live in Taupo and the fact that we have not had a frost yet is very unusual. It has been very warm and settled this year and the farms are very dry due to the lack of rain and the pumice soils
When do you think we may see the first decent southerly of the winter – that will dump some snow on Ruapehu??
on 21/04/2010 7:20am
I’m picking on the 9th of May for the first good polar outbreak, which would mean a dumping of snow for both North and South Island skifields!
Give or take a couple of days either side, since we are nearly three weeks out, at this time, in one sense, and hopefully not far out in the other sense! 8 – D
on 20/04/2010 9:19pm
Mid 20s is quite common most years during April even into early May with NW conditions though this tends to drop off rapidly at the end of May.