Cracking hot day for pool to open
But today won't be so hotRHONDA MARKBY
Temperatures in Timaru are expected to peak at 17 degrees Celsius today, with yesterday’s hot summer sun no more than a memory.
The MetService forecast is also predicting rain, starting at about 4pm and trailing off into the evening.
Cooler temperatures are expected tomorrow, with a high of 15C and the possibility of showers developing in the morning.
That's a stark contrast to yesterday's summery temperatures, when MetService reported Timaru's temperature had hit 27.1C by noon, and was sitting at 28.7C at 3pm.
Wind gusts, too, continued to rise throughout the day.
The warm weather arrived in time for the relaunch of the former Maori Park 50m outdoor pool, which has been incorporated into the four-month old CBay complex.
The outdoor pool has had a $300,000 revamp which included fixing leaks, redesigning its edges and upgrading the general pool surroundings to a standard more in keeping with the adjacent four-month-old $23.5m council complex.
Filling the pool began last month, and with the water up to temperature, it opened at 5.30am yesterday.
"Some of the people were so excited they were shaking," council community services manager Sharon Matson said of the early morning swimmers' reaction to the upgraded facility.
Members of the training squad also took a dip in the outdoor pool once they finished their training session in the 25m pool at 7.30am.
With the temperatures staying high, swimmers opted for an outdoor swim throughout the day. The one admission price gives swimmers access to both the indoor and outdoor pools.
Weather permitting, the pool will be open longer hours this summer than in the past. Mrs Matson said it was planned to operate the pool from 5.30am to 7pm weekdays and 7am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays.
Both the temperature and wind gusts continued to rise throughout the day. By noon the MetService was reporting Timaru's temperature had hit 27.1C while at 3pm it sat at 28.7C, before starting to cool off late afternoon.
Both the temperature and the wind's intensity should be lower today, with a predicted high of 19C. It will be even cooler tomorrow with showers developing in the morning, a strong southwest change forecast and a high of 16C.
- The Timaru Herald