No­vem­ber rain spoils sun bat­tle

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Blen­heim’s bat­tle to be the sun­ni­est town in New Zealand has turned tepid, after a duller No­vem­ber than the coun­try’s most southerly city.

In­ver­cargill threw off its ther­mals to record 234.5 hours of sun­shine in No­vem­ber – 15.1 hours more than Blen­heim.

The No­vem­ber blip, which saw Blen­heim ranked a pal­try 14th for the month, means the town is un­likely to beat near­est ri­val Rich­mond for the 2018 sun­shine crown.

But Marl­bor­ough mayor John Leggett said he was not ready to throw in the towel yet, although he was happy to see In­ver­cargill get its time in the sun.

‘‘The race is not over un­til it’s over,’’ Leggett said.

The sun­ni­est place in the coun­try for No­vem­ber was New Ply­mouth with 254.4 hours of sun­shine, fol­lowed by Ap­pleby on 245.2 hours, while Rich­mond recorded 244.9 hours com­pared to Blen­heim’s 219.4 hours.

Blen­heim and Rich­mond were al­most neck and neck un­til the No­vem­ber statis­tics were

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