Hot weather upsides and downsides, but roll on a golden East Coast summer

EDITORIAL

A record November temperature set the seal on a golden summer week for Gisborne with the enticing promise of more to follow in the coming days.

Originally set at 33.3 degrees by the Meteorological Service, the Wednesday total has since been revised by NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) to an even higher 34.8. That makes it the hottest temperature recorded in New Zealand for 15 years.

Gisborne people have long argued that the presence of sea breezes tends to give a misleading reading when the official temperature is taken at Gisborne Airport and there was even a petition to change the site.

No surprise then to hear reports of up to 36 degrees from gauges at Makaraka and on the Poverty Bay Flats some in-car temperatures around the 40 mark.

Gisborne was still at the top of the official NZ Meteorological Service readings on Thursday before a cooler spell yesterday.However, the forecasts look good again for the coming week with official predictions in the mid 20s all the way up to next weekend.

Last week the Waikanae–Midway beach area was an extremely pleasant place to be, the Oneroa walkway and the beaches nearby were crowded virtually until darkness on the record-topping Wednesday.

Throughout the week the area has been a busy scene with young lifeguards training at both Midway and Waikanae, trucks and machinery busy as the beach is cleared and all manner of water craft from waka to jet skis.

Let’s not forget that as well as the central city area this district has a long string of world class beaches extending from the popular Wainui all the way up the East Coast.

There is always a downside — melting road seal creates a problem and in a district so dependent on the land there will always be anxious glances at the weather forecasts to see if they include rain.

But last week and hopefully the one to come underline why people choose to live in a district like Gisborne and the East Coast. Here’s to summer.

A record November temperature set the seal on a golden summer week for Gisborne with the enticing promise of more to follow in the coming days.

Originally set at 33.3 degrees by the Meteorological Service, the Wednesday total has since been revised by NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) to an even higher 34.8. That makes it the hottest temperature recorded in New Zealand for 15 years.

Gisborne people have long argued that the presence of sea breezes tends to give a misleading reading when the official temperature is taken at Gisborne Airport and there was even a petition to change the site.

No surprise then to hear reports of up to 36 degrees from gauges at Makaraka and on the Poverty Bay Flats some in-car temperatures around the 40 mark.

Gisborne was still at the top of the official NZ Meteorological Service readings on Thursday before a cooler spell yesterday.However, the forecasts look good again for the coming week with official predictions in the mid 20s all the way up to next weekend.

Last week the Waikanae–Midway beach area was an extremely pleasant place to be, the Oneroa walkway and the beaches nearby were crowded virtually until darkness on the record-topping Wednesday.

Throughout the week the area has been a busy scene with young lifeguards training at both Midway and Waikanae, trucks and machinery busy as the beach is cleared and all manner of water craft from waka to jet skis.

Let’s not forget that as well as the central city area this district has a long string of world class beaches extending from the popular Wainui all the way up the East Coast.

There is always a downside — melting road seal creates a problem and in a district so dependent on the land there will always be anxious glances at the weather forecasts to see if they include rain.

But last week and hopefully the one to come underline why people choose to live in a district like Gisborne and the East Coast. Here’s to summer.

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