Spell of warm weather for North Otago

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It may still be winter, but recent temperatures in Oamaru could have people thinking otherwise.

Metservice Meteorologist Liz Walsh said it was quite rare to see warm weather at this time of year.

“You don’t usually see the temperature reaching into the 20s, so it’s quite rare what has happened, especially in the lower South Island.”

July 31 was recorded as the hottest on record for Oamaru since the start of the new millennium.

“Oamaru reached 20.1 degrees in the town and that is the hottest it has reached during the month of July.”

Meanwhile, August got off to a fantastic start, with Friday being the hottest day recorded for August since 2000 at 22.1 degrees in town.

Mrs Walsh said it had been warm all over the country on Friday.

“It’s just the way things are heading but this winter has been very mild, especially for Oamaru.”

Luckily for Oamaruvians, the warm weather will return, despite the fact a cold southerly hit the region over the weekend.

“The cold winds and snow to lower levels is meant to hit the region, but it won’t last that long and the temperatures should increase again leading into spring.”

Saturday temperatures were not far behind Friday, with a high of 18 degrees, but the weather was blustery, with wind speeds reaching 63km/h.

Sunday’s high of 10 degrees left people feeling a bit chillier.

Meanwhile, Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said it had been blowing hard inland over the weekend.

“Roofs came off sheds in Omarama and in the foothills, The Otago Rural Fire Authority have a major fire at Fruitlands, which is being dealt with by NZFS and rural fire resources.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

SUNSHINE: Grace MacKenzie, 4, and her sister Holly, 3, make the most of the warm weather at the Friendly Bay playground on Friday.