Hot spring lifts sum­mer hopes

The Hutt News - - CONVERSATIONS - GED CANN

New Zealand just ex­pe­ri­enced its equal warm­est Au­gust-Oc­to­ber pe­riod on record – and the ex­perts say it her­alds a stun­ning sum­mer.

Welling­ton has been en­joy­ing its best Novem­ber for half a decade, with lots of sun­shine and very lit­tle rain.

Now the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Wa­ter and At­mo­spheric Re­search (Niwa) says the next three months look like bring­ing warmer and drier air to the cap­i­tal .

Niwa fore­caster Ben Noll said a build­ing La Nina con­di­tion in the trop­i­cal Pa­cific was ex­pected to trans­late to more north­east­erly winds than usual dur­ing the com­ing three months, which would bring above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures dur­ing sum­mer na­tion­ally, while rain­fall was ex­pected to be near-nor­mal.

For Welling­ton, more north­east­er­lies would likely mean warmer and drier air, as op­posed to the souther­lies that con­trib­ute to the city’s no­to­ri­ous wind.

Au­gust, Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber were all be­tween 0.5 and 1.3 de­grees Cel­sius above av­er­age for Welling­ton.

Noll said the cap­i­tal could ex­pect ‘‘ex­tended dry spells’’, and it was ‘‘not un­rea­son­able to think that we’ll have sev­eral more days than last year with max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures above 20 and 25 de­grees’’.

That did not mean ev­ery day would be warm and dry, he said.

‘‘They may be in­ter­rupted by sub­trop­i­cal lows, and po­ten­tially heavy rain­fall, track­ing in from the north at times.’’

The out­look of a de­cent sum­mer will be mu­sic to the ears of many Welling­to­ni­ans, who en­dured a wet, windy and cold sum­mer in 2017, which served up the fewest beach­weather days in 30 years.

There was a chance the La Nina pat­tern could be short-lived or weak, which would leave the door open for change­able pat­terns over the com­ing three months.

PETER TRAKADAS

Damon Hi­raka do­ing a back-flip off the jetty at Days Bay. This sum­mer is ex­pected to be hot­ter than av­er­age.

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