We began the week with our eyes on the skies – or, more accurately, space, as a comet that started life in the outer reaches of our solar system will be visible from Earth for the first time, as it approaches our planet’s orbit.
On 25 February this year, it will approach Earth’s orbit, passing at a distance of nearly 32 million miles (51 million kilometers) from Earth. But Nasa still doesn’t know whether the object is an asteroid or a comet.
The comet will be 66 million miles (106 million km) from Earth at its closest approach.
â€” creative-it (@CTPJoe) January 4, 2017
Across in Europe, a freezing week of sub zero temperatures and heavy snowfall are making life even harder for thousands of refugees living in limbo across the continent.
The cold snap gripping Europe has left dozens of people dead, including refugees in Bulgaria, according to Agence France-Presse.
The recent cold snap has now been blamed for at least 69 deaths, and has seen the lowest temperatures for decades in some parts.
Back at home, we may not be quite as frosty as Europe, but our summer has certainly surprised many by just how chilly it’s been!
Whatever your view, the cold miserable weather so far this year in many parts of the country isn’t the usual weather we see – but it’s not out of the question either.
So why is summer spluttering? Read Philip Duncan’s OpEd piece, here.
That wasn’t the only piece of big news this week either, as Water Safety New Zealand’s annual figures for last year shows 81 drownings.
There’s a spike in the number of people dying in our rivers, with Waikato experiencing a 55 percent rise.
30 percent of those were people dying in our rivers, which is a 60 percent spike on the five year average.
â€” Water Safety NZ (@water_safety_nz) January 8, 2017
And staying on the beach, that chilly feeling you may have noticed in the water this year? It’s not your imagination!
Government meteorologist Ben Noll confirmed that water temperatures are 1Â°C to 1.5Â°C cooler than average.
Government forecasters put the chilly oceans down to two reasons. One is an abnormal amount of south-westerly winds. This brought cooler air over the Tasman Sea and areas east of the country.
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