While the ''H word'' (heat wave) might have been bandied
about this week, Otago temperatures are not expected to be
A large, stalled high-pressure system is providing the region
with a run of golden weather but the end was in sight. Rain
was expected for some of next week, MetService spokesman Dan
''It'll slowly start to ease back by the weekend. Our charmed
life is over.''
''Meanwhile, as expected, the region was enjoying warm
temperatures. The heat was expected to peak today and
''I'd heard the H word mentioned. In the odd place in the
valleys, it might be 33degC to 40degC.''
Temperatures would always be higher inland, as it was not
affected by the cooling temperatures of the sea, Mr Corbett
Readings from unofficial Dunedin sites were often
significantly higher than official sites in the Octagon and
The high, combined with the northeast wind flow, also
contributed to calm seas and the sea fog rolling in during
the morning and evening, he said.
Niwa figures show Dunedin's mean temperature in January was
2degC above average, but the warm weather had not broken any
daily January records so far.
Dunedin airport had come close with 34.1degC on the 5th, the
second-highest since records began in 1962, Alexandra 34degC
also on the 5th, the fourth-highest since 1983 and 29.4degC
at Nugget Point on the 6th, the second-highest since 1970.
In the past 12 days, only 3.6mm of rain has fallen in
Dunedin. Even less has fallen elsewhere in the region in a
similar time, such as 0.4mm in Queenstown and 1mm at Oamaru.
But heavy rain earlier in the month has put January's
rainfall about normal or above, in most places.
The hot weather was starting to affect the city's water
supplies. The Dunedin City Council had asked users to ease
back on their outdoor use, especially on Otago Peninsula and
at Waitati and Warrington.
Flows in Deep Stream, Deep Creek and Silverstream, which
supplied the bulk of the city's water, were starting to drop,
which could be a concern if the hot weather continued longer
than forecast, Mr McCombie said.
''If people could ease back on their outdoor use it would be
The Otago Regional Council's water and rainfall website shows
coastal rivers to have dropped significantly from their highs
a fortnight ago but there were no alerts as yet.