We may feel a little at times like we blinked and summer was gone but there were some cracker days and periods of beautiful sunshine in between the rain and odd cool snap. February 7, the Sunday during Waitangi Weekend, clocked in a glorious 29.2degC, however, the basin was bracing just 48 hours later when the temperature had dropped by about 18degC! Sunshine returned and according to our weather watcher, David Crow, we can still expect some warmer, drier than normal days during March. “The temperatures were still well above average for the first six weeks of this year,” he says. While some people may feel it hasn’t been the best summer weather, David assures there have definitely been wetter, cooler summers even though January recorded 14 days of rain. “Last month was the first month for many, many months that was only 0.5degC above normal,” he says. “Normally our temperatures now are one to two degrees above normal.