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Breaking news - a strange glowing object has been seen in the sky above Dunedin.*
After what feels like a month of no sun, the clouds have finally parted today, prompting a flurry of ironic comments on Twitter.
"Dunedin what is this ball of heat and light in the sky? I am scared. I haven't seen something like this in a long time," tweeted student Adam Dempsey.
"Hot in Dunedin? This must be a mistake. 22 degrees is a mistake," wrote Kili Tamua, reflecting a mood of disbelief after a dismal run of cold, gray days.
Others were just content to celebrate.
"Ahh what a lovely day in Dunedin today! FINALLYYYY!!" tweeted Elaina Loveridge.
More experienced weather watchers had a different take on the unexpected warmth.
'Don't tempt me like this...southerly coming our way," tweeted Michael McQueen.
For the record, the Dunedin City Council website showed a temperature of 21degC at 1pm.
* By the time you have read this story the sun may have disappeared again.