Trees play along as golden weather continues

A statue of the Rev Dr Donald Stuart is surrounded by autumnal colours in Dunedin yesterday....
A statue of the Rev Dr Donald Stuart is surrounded by autumnal colours in Dunedin yesterday. PHOTO: GERARD O'BRIEN
Dunedin is turning into a kaleidoscope of colour as autumn takes hold.

A statue of Gaelic-speaking Highlander the Rev Dr Donald Stuart at Queens Gardens was surrounded by brightly coloured leaves as pleasant autumn weather continued during much of Easter.

Families, including young children, were seen also playing amid the colourful fallen leaves at the Dunedin Botanic Garden over the holiday weekend.

The kind of pleasant, autumnal conditions that had prevailed in Dunedin recently were set to continue this week, MetService meteorologist Josh Griffin said.

"It's about average for this time of year.''

Cooler overnight conditions are predicted to turn to daily highs of up to 19degC in the city this week by Thursday and Friday.

A front, approaching from the west, was not expected to disrupt city weather until the end of the week, and bad weather approaching at the weekend could be at its worst in the west, Mr Griffin said.

"It's going to look like a pretty good week.''

Previously issued, longer-term Niwa climate predictions for autumn are for temperatures expected to be above average in inland Otago, Southland and east Otago.

Rainfall totals and soil moisture were expected to be close to normal, Niwa said.

• Dr Stuart arrived in Dunedin in 1860 to serve as minister of Knox Church. He was also a vice-chancellor and chancellor at the University of Otago.

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