Wellington's first day of winter

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 05:00 02/06/2014
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LAID BACK: Kevin Mara, 67, enjoys the waters of Oriental Bay despite the winter chill. He says the activity ‘‘really does set me emotionally for the following week’’.

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Wellington's stunning first day of winter had some brave souls plunging into the waters of Oriental Bay, despite the chilly temperatures.

Lower Hutt's Kevin Mara, 67, described it as "very cold", but the clerical worker was a keen ocean swimmer, whatever the season.

"To do something on a sunny afternoon, which is quite different and quite exhilarating really does set me emotionally for the following week."

Auckland photographer Emily Hlavac Green was down for the weekend for work, and spent yesterday exploring the sunny city.

"It was quite cool, but you wouldn't really know it was the first day of winter, sitting down there on Oriental Parade. Everyone was eating icecream, running round."

Gelato seller Zoe Moore said they were run off their feet at the Gelissimo stores at Taranaki Wharf and by Freyberg Pool yesterday.

"It's been the busiest weekend in ages. Usually in winter, we sell more coffee, but today we sold heaps of gelato."

The fine spell was courtesy of a large high pressure system sitting over the South Island, MetService duty forecaster Francis Russell said.

It would keep conditions sunny and still in the lower North Island until Thursday, when northerlies would develop.

Until then morning and evening cloud was expected in parts, including the capital and Wairarapa, but the days should be mainly fine, if cold.

The sunshine would bring little relief from the chilly air, with the mercury not expected above 15 degrees Celsius in the capital and Wairarapa for the next few days.

Further north, including Hawke's Bay, a low to the north of the country would bring showers today and tomorrow, before it cleared later in the week, Russell said.

"But the central parts have been spared from that."

Soaking up the sun appeared a good plan with long-range MetService forecasts showing rain casting a pall over next weekend in the region.

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- The Dominion Post

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