Otago Daily Times

Tem­per­a­ture plum­mets as rain ar­rives

- HAMISH MACLEAN hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz Weather · Fires · Disasters · Otago · Dunedin · Meteorological Service of New Zealand · Southland Region · Invercargill · New Zealand

A RAIN­SOAKED start to the Otago Match­play Cham­pi­onships at Bal­macewen Golf Course and the North East Val­ley 10,000 bowls punc­tu­ated a Labour Week­end of volatile weather in Dunedin.

Dunedin’s dizzy­ing high of 29degC on Sun­day crashed to 9degC yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

How­ever, MetSer­vice fore­caster Ai­dan Py­sel­man said fans of warmer weather would only need to wait un­til next week­end for beach­go­ing weather to reap­pear.

A ridge of high pres­sure was due to re­turn to the South, Mr Py­sel­man said.

And with long fine spells ahead for Otago and South­land for much of this week, tem­per­a­tures were ex­pected to top 20degC again in In­ver­cargill and Dunedin on Fri­day and Satur­day.

‘‘Dur­ing the day once the cloud breaks up, lots of sun­shine,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a pretty rea­son­able­look­ing week.’’

The golf and bowls com­pe­ti­tions in Dunedin went ahead yes­ter­day de­spite the soggy morn­ing con­di­tions, and Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand wel­comed the 17mm that fell in Dunedin from mid­night to yes­ter­day morn­ing.

A Fenz spokes­woman said yes­ter­day af­ter­noon crews were keep­ing an eye on a large gorse fire that burnt through 5ha of gorse north of Dunedin on Sun­day, but it was con­sid­ered ex­tin­guished.

At its peak, three he­li­copters used mon­soon buck­ets to douse the fire that at one stage threat­ened prop­er­ties while hot weather and wind fanned the flames.

Rain through the early hours yes­ter­day put out the fire.

‘‘The rain is won­der­ful; yes, we like rain,’’ the spokes­woman said.

Yes­ter­day’s south­ern soak­ing was con­cen­trated around Mil­ford Sound and Franz Josef Glacier, which recorded 126mm and 119mm re­spec­tively in 18 hours from 9pm Sun­day into the early hours yes­ter­day, Mr Py­sel­man said.

 ?? PHOTO: GERARD O'BRIEN ?? Wa­ter haz­ard . . . Leith Cam­pion re­trieves his ball from the hole dur­ing a rain­soaked semi­fi­nal of the Otago Match­play Cham­pi­onships held at Bal­macewen yes­ter­day.
PHOTO: GERARD O'BRIEN Wa­ter haz­ard . . . Leith Cam­pion re­trieves his ball from the hole dur­ing a rain­soaked semi­fi­nal of the Otago Match­play Cham­pi­onships held at Bal­macewen yes­ter­day.
 ?? PHOTO: PETER MCIN­TOSH ?? Squelch . . . Colin Wheeler rolls the No 2 green af­ter overnight rain be­fore the North East Val­ley 10,000 Bowls started yes­ter­day.
PHOTO: PETER MCIN­TOSH Squelch . . . Colin Wheeler rolls the No 2 green af­ter overnight rain be­fore the North East Val­ley 10,000 Bowls started yes­ter­day.

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