Make the most of the unusually warm, windy conditions - it'll
soon be back to winter.
That's the advice from MetService forecasters, who warn
yesterday's temperature highs - a record-breaking 20.2degC in
Oamaru, 19degC at Dunedin airport and 18.8degC in the city
(the fourth-highest July temperature recorded in the city) -
''You really need to enjoy the temperatures this week because
it will change back again tomorrow,'' MetService
meteorologist John Law said.
The cause of the warmth? A persistent northwest flow which
brought wet weather to the West Coast and windy conditions to
the east, he said.
As crazy weather days go, yesterday will take some beating.
Wind in the morning gusted to 60kmh in Dunedin and the
average wind speed at Taiaroa Head overnight was 70kmh.
Two boat owners woke yesterday morning to find their boats
off Otago Peninsula moorings - in one case washed up on the
The strongest wind for the region was recorded at Swampy
Summit, on the hilly outskirts of Dunedin, which had gusts of
150kmh early in the morning.
Mr Law said warnings of northwest gales in exposed places
extended into tomorrow morning. That airstream resulted in
temperatures rising into the high teens in many parts of
eastern New Zealand, he said.
The weekend would bring a return to cooler temperatures as a
southerly change raced up the country, bringing periods of
heavy rain, he said.
''The weekend looks like one where we all see some rain, and
a return to snow about the hills in the South Island,'' Mr
There should be some drier weather in the far south on
Temperatures also rose inland yesterday - Alexandra and
Queenstown recorded 17degC and 14degC respectively yesterday
- but snow fell in the mountains. Treble Cone Skifield and
Cardrona Alpine Resort were closed yesterday because of
snowfalls of about 20cm.
The Remarkables received 10cm of snow overnight, and at
Coronet Peak it snowed before the sun came out - then it
Strong winds caused two flights bound for Queenstown Airport
to be diverted to Christchurch yesterday afternoon.
Wind also contributed to Waimate losing electricity at 7.48am
for about 45 minutes.