Cold spell broken by burst of warmer weather

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 05:00 29/07/2014
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SUNNY BOYS: Tijs Boyd, and Joe Mac Nicholls, both 2, give their mums a rest and enjoy the delights of the Botanic Garden in Wellington yesterday.

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A brief taste of spring should soon blow away memories of last week's wintry snap, when Wellington went seven days without temperatures reaching double digits.

By week's end, the capital's temperatures would climb to 15 degrees Celsius, MetService forecaster Peter Little said. Masterton was expected to reach 18C on Thursday and Friday, and Napier and Hastings could bask in 20C as warm northwesterlies blew across the country.

The improvement was welcome news for Petone mother and son Gemma Nicholls and Joe Mac, 2 , out enjoying the sunshine in the Botanic Garden yesterday. The pair had been for lunch with friends and a well-needed run around. "It beats being cooped up inside with a 2 -year-old, for sure," Nicholls said.

The frosty mornings of the past week or so should also abate. "People aren't going to need so many blankets on their beds for the next few nights," Little said.

The coming days, with air warmed over Australia, should be a marked contrast to recent weather. "We had air that had basically been coming right from down in Antarctica . . . Last week was the coldest of the year for many parts of the country."

At MetService's weather monitoring station in Kelburn, temperatures hovered in the single digits for most of last week. Thursday finished a seven-day run during which temperatures did not reach double digits once.

But while the coming days should be warmer, they would not necessarily be pleasant, Little said.

"Fanning those warmer temperatures in the east will be strong to gale northwesterlies."

Wellington, Wairarapa and other eastern areas were expected to be buffeted by winds up to 110kmh from tomorrow through to Friday. During the weekend, the winds should ease but temperatures should also drop back down.

 

HOW LOW DID IT GO?

Last week saw the end of Wellington's coldest snap of the year:

Average high: 11 degrees Celsius (July mean high 11.4C)

Average low: 5.1C (July mean low 6.3C) Coldest day: Monday. High 8C, low 5C

Warmest day: Thursday. High 14C, low 5C

Longest spell of single-digit temperatures: 7 days (July 16-22)

Source: MetService

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