Weather on turn again

By Anna Ferrick

It was a weekend of extremes weather wise, with Napier enjoying 21-degree temperatures on Saturday before a severe weather warning was issued for the region yesterday morning.

Napier Airport was the hottest place in the country over the weekend with a high of 21.4 degrees recorded by MetService. Hastings was not far behind on 20.8 degrees.

Following the unseasonable highs a severe weather warning was issued by MetService around 9.15am yesterday predicting gales of up to 120km/h.

Winds were expected to batter the region overnight last night but die down early this morning.

The warning ended at 4am.

Head weather analyst for Weatherwatch Philip Duncan said the "spring-like" conditions enjoyed on Saturday would not be seen again in the next week or so, with a cold snap headed for the country.

"There is a low coming in on Wednesday meaning the temperatures will drop down to around normal, mid teens."

Mr Duncan said the low meant a good four or five days of "colder, wetter and cloudier" conditions.

"It will be a bit of a shock to the system after the dry, sunny spell Hawke's Bay has enjoyed. A lot of people seemed to think winter had ended!"

He said the weather pattern was in line with what Weatherwatch predicted back in February.

"It has been a bit of a chaotic mix-up really with the warmer weather and then the cooler blasts.

"We expect it will continue like this for the next two months."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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