Summery interlude on the way

A brief summer interlude is forecast to follow up last week’s cold snap. Temperatures as high as 20 degrees Celsius could hit Napier and Hastings, courtesy of warm north-westerly winds blowing over the country.

By the end of the week, the capital would see the mercury climb to 15 degrees. Over the hills, Masterton was expected to reach 18 on Thursday and Friday.

Compared to the previous week, there would be a noticeable contrast, MetService forecaster Peter Little said. “Last week was the coldest of the year for many parts of the country.”

At MetService's Kelburn weather monitoring station, temperatures barely made it into double digits last week.

A southerly flow caused temperatures to tumble and dumped snow on the Rimutakas and Desert Road.

But this week's rising mercury would come with an unpleasant side-effect, Little said.

“Fanning those warmer temperatures in the east will be strong to gale north-westerlies. These winds may reach severe gale force in some eastern areas and about the capital later this week.”

Heavy rain would also hit the South Island’s west coast, he said.

The Dominion Post