Temperatures soar as summer heat starts to settle in
By Philip Duncan
5:30 AM Sunday Nov 21, 2010

Winter is well and truly behind us now as summer heat overtakes the cold and sets in for the months ahead.

In the past eight days we've seen both islands reach the 30C mark for the first time this spring. Officially in the South Island it was Alexandra and Blenheim and in the North Island it was Hastings, but a string of unofficial and reliable weather stations climbed over 30C in other central and eastern areas.

Leighton Thomas told WeatherWatch.co.nz that while the official airport reading in Christchurch said 27C, the temperature hit 30.3C in the Halswell/Hoon Hay area. "First time this season I've hit the magic 30," he said.

The amazing thing about Christchurch is just a slight shift in wind direction can mean the city's temperature fluctuates wildly. On Tuesday it was 28C at 6pm with a nor'wester. At 1pm on Wednesday the wind had shifted slightly to a nor'easter and it was 15C.

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