Warm weather

It has been an unusually good summer so far, weather-wise. There was a long fine spell in November, and apart from a few minor blips it has continued to be relatively fine and warm.

Yesterday highs getting into the mid thirties in Central Otago and Palmerston North (where presumably they didn’t get the foehn effect) – not particularly hot compared to countries like Australia, but getting up there for us.

The highest officially recorded temperature yesterday was in Cromwell: 36.6

The forecasts now say it is going to get hotter today, with the possibility the mercury may nudge 40 degrees.

Hot weather is what many people say they want, until they get it.

But after Wednesday it looks like we will get something we haven’t had much of for quite a while, a cool wet sou’westerly change.

The high forecast for today (on Metservice) is in Alexandra: 37

The high forecast for Dunedin tomorrow is 33, down to 22 on Thursday and 16 on Friday and Saturday – complaints will change from too hot to too cold.

That change will be too late to dampen what is likely to be a record warm for January.

I’ll be inside all day today (high of 31 forecast for Dunedin), but it should be a pleasant evening for the Roger Waters concert.

25 Comments

  1. Ray

     /  January 30, 2018

    The weather, “people talk about it all the time but do nothing about it”.
    Demonstratably untrue, think air conditioning and houses but…
    On the other hand I am packing for Egypt where it will be quite cold at night, 7° to 21° range and it is difficult to get your mind round that when it is so warm here.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 30, 2018

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Ray, I really appreciate being told about it.

      (looks around for half-brick to throw at Ray)

  2. Ray

     /  January 30, 2018

    Standing by for the clowns who campaign for the school holidays to be moved to February, because the weather is better then, to start their annual press statements.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 30, 2018

      They haven’t this year, as far as I know-have they ? They haven’t much of a case this year.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 30, 2018

    Grey skies & windy in North Welly today. 25° inside, but feels cooler outside in a norwesterly breeze. Still a comfortable temperature though.

    Been too sunny, hot & humid to do anything much physical outside for the last few days, same as elsewhere, even with a slight southerly zephyr 3 days back. Welly’s had a very long spell of warm, sunny weather since August this year. Great stuff. In 2016 we never really had a summer.

    I put a thermometer outside in the sun in my back yard yesterday at 3pm & it went to 50° (its max) in 10 minutes.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 30, 2018

      I was told that putting the thermometer in the sun gives it a false reading, but isn’t it what the temperature IS in the sun ? 50 seems a bit high, though. I find that having the lamp just below the thermometer on makes it go up by several degrees.

      The gravel outside burnt my feet today and the shed door handle was almost too hot to touch. My blessings on the inventor of soda water.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 30, 2018

        Actually, that is right and it does give a false reading. It’s supposed to be in the shade-mine is much of the time-and about 5 feet up-mine’s near enough.

        • Gezza

           /  January 30, 2018

          As I understand it, it gets heated by the sun’s radiation, which makes it read hotter than the air temperature. Weather temps are always taken in the shade as that measures air temperature better. But I was just curious to see what the temperature difference was when exposed to the sun’s direct radiation. The answer was – a lot! before I put it outside it was reading 36° in the covered patio.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 31, 2018

            The article I read wants us to build little shelters on poles-over the grass, NOT the concrete-and put them in exactly the right place. Yes, I see myself making a little thermometer house-I don’t think. I think that they were supposed to have some sort of doors. And, of course, not be where the rain can get at them…mine is on the wall outside the bacl door and it’s staying there.

            Would there be a difference between one like that on a wall and one lying flat on a table in direct sun >

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 31, 2018

            I have made mine a little wooden shade, all I could be bothered to do in this heat. I won’t be making it a dear wee house on a pole and making sure that it’s only 5′ off the ground.

  4. Griff

     /  January 30, 2018

    I am at the batch
    To bloody hot inland at the block to do any thing
    At least on the coast you get a nice sea breeze to cool things down.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 30, 2018

      Quite windy here and pleasant temp for our morning walk. 27 outside and 25 in side. Another busy day starting.

  5. Pickled Possum

     /  January 30, 2018

    It been hot and sometimes very muggy up here in the far north. The wind has picked up over the last couple days and the wind is blowing pollen right up my nose. AAArrrcchooo!!!

    Thank you for the pool and fresh roof water to make it all bearable. The shield beetles are having a fine munch on anything that doesn’t get sprayed with neem oil.
    The beans are still growing, the plums almost finished. Granny Smith Apples are getting attacked by something !@#$%^. Bananas are just growing fat and Delicious. cucumbers and radishes yummi make a beaut salad dressing add with oil and wine vinegar into the ninja and hey presto. Have 14 avocados this year on the young tree.

    Remembering to stay hydrated is often 20 cuppas a day, lately. I don’t like heat or the sun just makes every one tired, its overcast at the mo but the wind is getting ferocious like Wellyweird.
    Got to get outside to dig over the next vegie plot been sitting for a month waiting
    for the next full moon. Then going for a swim to stay kool.
    The dog had a shave and is now not so lethargic.
    The bees are busy making beautiful honey. Jez I love Life. 🙂

    • Zedd

       /  January 30, 2018

      ‘The bees are busy making beautiful honey’ oh really.. they are finding that bees are dying in large numbers; chemical pesticides & temperature rise ?!!

      • Pickled Possum

         /  January 30, 2018

        Okay Z that maybe the big ugly picture, but where I am there is minimal spray
        as most can not afford it or like myself know it to bee toxic.
        Only dead bees here are the ones that drown in my pool going for that drink.
        I have noticed tho that less come lately, must have got the news.

        I have been a bee in the bonnet of Turners and Growers East Coast for many a year
        with their very toxic yearly spray programme and always ask them to consider using
        organic products but they always reply “No Can Do”
        We all know that toxic grown food is most bland, so tasteless and eventually
        poisons the humans. Seem they don’t give a FF.
        As for the Hot weather well what can I say ‘just make it go away.’

        I am surrounded by 100+ acres of kanuka and manuka and with a feeding span of 5 miles the bees get around. I get enough honey to last the year and give some to family.
        I do know about the bees the chemicals and temperatures, all I can do is lobby the government for less wholesale toxic spraying and also write to the
        FNDC No Spray on my roadside and I am constantly sending emails like
        ‘WTF are yous doing to our air AN water’ etc but they just don’t listen to me.

        So I do my bit. The only spray I use is Neem oil I use bio-dynamic principles to
        grown the sweetest and delis food.
        http://greentrading.co.nz/organic-neem-oil-insecticide-250ml/
        At the moment the shield beetles are my most avid pest. So its soap and Neem and spray and I will get proactive next spring and go for the eggs then.

    • Gezza

       /  January 30, 2018

      😮 Wellyweird??? Harrumph ! 😡

      Egad, madam. Wonderful Welly would be hard to beat this Summer. Gorgeous. Just before this A300 landed someone was hooning around the bay, in the 30+ degree heat on Sunday, water-skiing. And the bay’s often been full of yachts making good use of the sun and sea breezes.

      Even the gentle Southerly that day was warm. Pax get a real viewing treat coming in to land in a Southerly over Kapiti & then across the harbour. I was able to follow my stream & see my place for the 1st time from up there on my latest flight home.

      • Gezza

         /  January 30, 2018

        (Whoops – actually that’s a Bombardier.) 767’s coming in are an impressive site on the Evans Bay webcam.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  January 30, 2018

        Okay bro 😎 I don’t consider you living in Welly as per se … as such,
        Gezza stream is IMO just outside Welly on the North-side.
        Latest flight home? weird you go?

        • Gezza

           /  January 30, 2018

          I meant my December one from Kerikeri via Aucks, sis.

        • Gezza

           /  January 30, 2018

          It’s very windy, but the sun’s out. A wet little Seamus Shag is up in one of his three favourite trees, overlooking the stream, drying out his feathers. He’s obviously taken a shine to the location.

  6. Zedd

     /  January 30, 2018

    I moved back to NZ about 15 years ago from Aust. (I was used to this kind of heat)
    Im sure ‘sunny Dn’ occassionally reached 30 degs. in the middle of summer, back then.. this last week it has been about this temp. most days & still going, with ‘record high temps’ in Central Otago currently 35+

    BUT Im still hearing things like; ‘No evidence of C-C’ or its ‘just part of a normal cycle’ or ‘its all happened before’ etc. What a load of nonsense sez I. There are many graphs, that clearly show that since about 1980, the average global temp. has been rising year-on-year & now Mr T is telling us, lets burn more coal & drill for more oil in the arctic etc.

    F@cking Crazy Man.. WAKE UP folks & feel it ! 😦

    btw; parts of Sth Africa, about to run out of water.. IF we dont get some decent rain soon… look out NZ

  7. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 30, 2018

    It’s been in the mid 30s and above at my place for a long time now, and often-well, usually at the moment-hits 30 inside even with fans on-they do their best, but there’s a limit to what they can do, I no longer react with surprise to the high temps, but I do curse the 90% humidity which is horrible, especially when one has to walk everywhere. Mowing the lawn is a nightmare. I really pity dustmen and roadworkers who have to be in it with no way of keeping cool except drinking tepid water. It’s the kind of heat that makes one feel ill.

    Outside is like a sauna.

    Nights are terrible, how anyone who doesn’t have two fans in their bedroom-I have one 40cm pedestal one, one 30cm desk one by the bed-stands it, I can’t imagine.

  8. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 30, 2018

    I hate it when I put moisturiser or makeup on and they sweat off and won’t blend in.And having lip gloss going all soft in the tube.