record-breaking run of warm July weather has Otago's birds
chirping and plants bursting into flower.
Mean July temperatures throughout Otago have been between
1.9degC and 4degC higher than normal. Dunedin's Musselburgh
site has broken a 66-year record with an average 8.4degC,
1.9degC warmer than normal, Niwa figures show.
Oamaru, Alexandra, Wanaka and Nugget Point had also recorded
their warmest July temperatures and Lauder was nearly 4degC
above its normal mean temperature, at 5.8degC.
Wanaka also recorded its highest July morning temperature
since 1972, with 9.2degC on July 22.
Dunedin Botanic Garden manager Alan Matchett said some plants
had flowered two or three weeks early and others were
flowering on time.
Some kowhais were winter-flowering as were red-flowering
Bulbs such as the garden's crocuses were coming out, too.
The downside to the early flowering was the risk of late
frosts destroying the flowers, he said.
MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said the region was
experiencing warmer-than-normal temperatures for the time of
year and they were expected to continue until the weekend.
''You've had a nice winter-time high. It's been very pleasant
On Sunday, Dunedin recorded 16degC, compared with the about
10.5degC expected for this time of year, he said.
The next few days would be characterised by high cloud and
fine weather, but a few fronts could pass through the far
south, bringing a slight change to the weather by Thursday
''It might be wetter and cooler, but you'll still be in
double figures by day.''
Weekend weather was expected to be unsettled with night-time
lows cooler than the past week.
However, people should not be lulled into a false sense that
winter was over. There were still August and September to
watch out for, Mr Corbett said.