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New Zealand's Yo-Yo Weather Continues

New Zealand's Yo-Yo Weather Continues

Temperatures have been up and down in the past week, dipping to 2 degrees Celsius at Waiouru on New Year's Eve then rocketing to the high thirties over central Canterbury on New Year's Day. There should be a brief cooling of the Canterbury heat wave on Tuesday and Wednesday, but hot dry northwest winds are expected again by Thursday.

"These yo-yo temperatures are a continuation of the patterns we had in 2003", commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.

During 2003 many large anticyclones lingered over the Chatham Islands area. These "blocking highs" brought prolonged periods of sunny dry weather to western areas between Taranaki and Nelson. Associated with these highs there have also been several occasions of easterly winds and wet weather for Coromandel, Hawke's Bay and even for Canterbury. One memorable windy day was the southeast gale on Good Friday which stopped ferry crossings across Cook Strait. When anticyclones are about, temperatures have large ups and downs. In 2003 many places set new temperature records. For example Levin reached a new all-time high of 31 degrees on 2 March, and Christchurch Airport measured a 12 degree frost on 13 July.

2003 will long be remembered for the torrential rain which arrived over Kapiti on Friday 3 October, culminating in a mud slide at Paekakariki.

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