Hot nor'westers tumble temperature records

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Extremely hot nor’westers tumbled March temperature records in Canterbury and North Otago yesterday.

The scorcher broke over 100-year old high temperature records in the Christchurch area, and almost threatened to topple the all time New Zealand March temperature record. Warmest was Christchurch Airport with 35.9°C, 0.1°C less than the New Zealand record of 36.0°C recorded in Ashburton on 10 March 1956.

The high temperatures were caused by warm airflow from the north west, off Australia, across a rather warm Tasman Sea, with heating from the foehn effect as the air crosses the Southern Alps.

New record high maximum temperatures recorded on 24 March 1998 were:

Location

Maximum, °C
24 March 1998

Comments

Records began

Christchurch Airport

35.9

Highest

1951

Christchurch City

34.4

Highest

1864

Rangiora

35.5

Highest

1965

Akaroa

35.4

Highest

1978

Lincoln

34.9

Highest

1881

Oamaru Airport

31

Equal highest

1967

Near record high maximum temperatures recorded on 24 March 1998 were:

Location

Maximum, °C
24 March 1998

Record, °C

Records began

Ashburton

34.0

36.0

1930

Timaru Airport

32.9

33.3

1962

Dunedin Airport

29.7

31.5

1962

The New Zealand record is 36.0°C at Ashburton on 10 March 1956.

 

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