The South Island is again dealing with a cold southerly keeping temperatures at very low levels for what should be one of the hottest weeks of the year.
This hour Christchurch is on just 15 degrees with Timaru and Dunedin only on 13. Invercargill has 14 degrees and Akaroa on Banks Peninsula has just 12.
Wellington is only on 18 degrees.
Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the weather over the next few days will be unsettled with temperatures high for some and fairly low for others. “Today’s southerly is producing utterly miserable weather for coastal parts of the South Island. For those in Christchurch this would have to be one of the worst summers they’ve had in many, many, years”.
Mr Duncan says easterlies and southerlies blowing cooler air off the ocean is responsible for the lower temperatures. “Once you get further inland, such as Central Otago, you see decent summer temperatures”.
Tonight conditions are going to be cold for many with Invercargill predicted to drop to just 7 degrees.
“There is some good news for South Islanders, the first nor’wester of the year is about to kick in this weekend and again next week and that should see temperatures spiking in the late 20s and even early 30s inland”.
The nor’westers will also bring hot weather back to Hawkes Bay and Gisborne with highs around 30 degrees.
on 10/02/2010 3:02am
Not too bad in Auckland by what Chch and Wellington have had,usual SW max 23c maximum.Looks as with lower sea surface temperatures it could be a rough ride for winter especially those exposed to the south.
on 10/02/2010 3:01am
Not too bad by what Chch and Wellington have had,usual SW max 23c maximum.Looks as with lower sea surface temperatures it could be a rough ride for winter especially those exposed to the south.
on 10/02/2010 1:58am
Hmmm – dry, partly cloudy and 19 in In,gill city right now – once again, hardly ‘miserable’ Just maybe, ALL places in NZ should have three weather stations where the highest temp for the day is shown on TV. And as for the low of 7, well it was lower the other night but a gorgeous day followed.
on 10/02/2010 6:25am
Mmmm….19 deg C today….coolest day so far this summer, which has been pretty cloudy, mild and not much wind and pretty dry, and overall not too bad! Two days reached 30 deg so far compared with 11 days last year…good for the garden….not too hot and not too cold…