Thursday, December 9

Climate: the south enjoys the arrival of spring, despite the blockade


On the South Island, people enjoy, in the safety of their bubble, the early arrival of spring.

Many people have been doing compulsory exercise because of the state taking in some much-needed vitamin D.

There is no Covid-19 there, but it seems that spring has arrived.

Spring doesn’t technically start for another week, but the mercury reached 20 degrees in Christchurch and Dunedin today.

Nelsonians basking in the sun around Rocks Road.

Nelsonians basking in the sun around Rocks Road.
Photo: RNZ / Samantha Gee

MetService meteorologist Dan Corrigan said it was much hotter than usual.

“Twenty degrees in Christchurch, for example, is seven degrees above the average high temperature for August during the day,” he said.

It is thanks to what is called the Foehn wind from the Southern Alps.

That is responsible for keeping watch for the heavy rains on the west coast, but also for the sunburst in the east.

A family enjoying the low tide on Rocks Road in Nelson near Fifeshire Rock.

A family enjoying the low tide on Rocks Road in Nelson near Fifeshire Rock.
Photo: RNZ / Samantha Gee

“They are really the places that are east of the main division of the Southern Alps,” Corrigan said.

“So, you are looking from Kaikōura, to Otago and Southland.

“Even places like Gore and Invercargill were going 19 degrees today.”

Dunedin resident Daniel Codling and his son Taelyn sunbathed on St Clair Beach.

“We thought, ‘What beautiful weather, why not stretch your legs and hang out with the skaters in beautiful St Clair’?”

Daniel Codling and his son Taelyn enjoy the weather on St Clair Beach.

Daniel Codling and his son Taelyn enjoy the weather on St Clair Beach.
Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

“The sun is always good for us,” Codling said.

Retirees Gavin and Janet MacArthur enjoyed spending more time in their garden.

“It’s fantastic, I was painting the house this morning,” Gavin said.

“It is much easier, life, in general, is easier when the weather is good.”

Gavin and Janet MacArthur enjoying the weather.

The good weather meant that Gavin and Janet MacArthur were able to garden and paint the house.
Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

Anna Chilton and her daughter Billie were having a bit of fun in the sun. Anna said it was a great opportunity for Billie to run.

“I’ve been through a lot of roadblocks and the last one was in London in the winter,” Anna said.

“That was really difficult. So yeah, sunlight makes a big difference in your mood and how you feel like you can cope with what’s going on.”

Anna Chilton and her daughter Billie enjoy the weather on St Clair Beach.

Anna Chilton and her daughter Billie were having fun in the sun.
Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

In Nelson, Lynette enjoyed a picnic lunch near Port Nelson.

“It’s nice to be able to go out like this, I wouldn’t want to be trapped inside in bad weather,” she said.

Lynette was enjoying a picnic lunch near Port Nelson.

Lynette was enjoying a picnic lunch near Port Nelson.
Photo: RNZ / Samantha Gee

In Garden City, the daffodils and flowers were beginning to bloom.

Corrigan said warm weather would linger tomorrow before lowering starting Thursday.

And that’s enough for some sun worshipers to enjoy another walk outside.


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