Father Christmas could be a little hot and overdressed as he touches down in the Wakatipu this Christmas if predictions from our local weather watcher David Crow of a warmer than normal summer are right.
While November cracked up a few spectacular thunder storms and close to the whole month’s average rainfall by the middle of the month, David assures the skies should remain pretty clear, producing a good hot summer ahead.
“We had 25.7mm of rain, which is a lot of rain, fall during the 24 hours from 9am, on November 9 until 9am, November 10, and 62.44mm of rain by the middle of the month, when the average for the entire month is 71.8mm,” says David.
He’s expecting more like the normal average rainfall for December and above normal temperatures for December, January and February. “I can’t foresee any real cold snaps for December and January with northerly airstreams likely to continue,” says David. As usual, he’s not making any predictions for Christmas Day. “Anything could happen.”