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Warm weather confuses nature

The warm weather across the North Island is not only confusing some humans but also nature itself. is receiving reports from readers of flowers blooming, spring bulbs coming up and trees refusing to lose their leaves.

The abnormally warm weather, caused by several lows that have pulled down sub-tropical air for the past three weeks, is about to come to an end though.

The heat continues today with many North Island centres in the low 20s and Hawkes Bay climbing into the mid 20s.  Tomorrow similar temperatures are expected.

But the warm air isn’t everywhere.  Weather analyst Richard Green says conditions in Canterbury are miserable today with temperatures closer to single digits this afternoon. 

On Sunday cooler air will spread across the North Island with winds turning westerly then south westerly and humidity easing.

Windy weather is expected for much of next week.

– Homepage image / Zelda Wynn

Have you seen strange things with flowers and plants in your garden due to the warm weather?  Post a comment below!


Guest Peter on 13/05/2011 11:16am

At Knox College, Dunedin, the Erlicher daffodils are starting to flower a month earlier than usual. When they are in full flower they are a sight to behold and fill the air with a wonderful fragrance.

Di on 13/05/2011 9:07am

Even the ducks are confused – we have a stream running behind our home – lots of ducks make the back lawn their home – we’ve had 2 “families” of ducklings recently – either way late or way early – either way they appear to be thriving.

Guest on 13/05/2011 4:58am

On the wayt back from Orewa i noticed that the palm trees are flowering!
Elsewhere i also saw other flower such as daffodils and roses etc.

look_spanky on 13/05/2011 3:37am

it’s not miserable in my canterbury town today? certainly well above single digits

WW Forecast Team on 13/05/2011 3:50am

Where are you based?  Seems to be those along the coastline that are chilliest.

– WW

look_spanky on 14/05/2011 5:40am


Joanne on 13/05/2011 3:32am

I noticed two weeks ago that my “paper white” daffidol bulbs where sprouting. Today i noticed that the flowers are starting to form. Also my Camelia tree budded a month or so ago, but they flowers never formed.

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