The Coast roasts

Last updated 14:46 31/01/2013
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A 10-day spell of fine weather has seen Kapiti's January temperatures nudge hotter than December, with the daily maximum averaging 21.5C.

NIWA climate scientist Andrew Tait said this was slightly above December's average of 21C, helped by high temperatures over Christmas which were caused by an ex-tropical cyclone, resulting in the highest temperature of the summer, 29.3C on Boxing Day.

Up to Tuesday, this month's hottest day was January 6, at 25.5C.

The good run has been a result of high pressure, but temperatures could have been higher, Mr Tait said.

"Kapiti I suppose has been cooled off a little bit by probably a little sea breeze, but other places around the country are getting up into the 30s."

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the high pressure over Kapiti is expected to move over the weekend, with cloud and rain by Monday.

He said temperatures should stay in the mid-20s for the weekend, but will lower at the beginning of next week, before rising back to about 25C midweek.

Mr Tait said a10-day stretch of fine weather only occurred about once a year.

The warm weather had been good for business. Al Cohen- Manley, the new owner of Golfview Motel in Paraparaumu Beach said he has been flat out with visitors over the past month. "We're hoping it's always like this. This weather has been amazing, and we're getting people coming from all over the place. There have been plenty of comments about this good weather."

At Paekakariki Holiday Park, Jenny Smith said the weather, and that forecasters had promised it, has brought more people into the park.

"We've been very busy. Last weekend was great, and we've already got a lot of bookings for this weekend."

Meanwhile the Kapiti Coast District Council has yet to need its bore water supply. Water use advisor Ben Thompson said about 19,500 cubic metres of water is being taken from the Waikanae River daily, under the maximum allowance of 23,000.

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