Hot and NO wind in Windy Welly. I've never known such an uninterrrupted period of hot weather for the capital. When they say rain they mean precipitation.
Wellington is shaping up for the hottest February on record
Wellington is on track for the hottest February on record, and residents are feeling the burn.
Long days and hot nights have seen people struggling to get to sleep, doctors have noticed cases of "nasty" sunburn, and cicadas have appeared in deafening throngs.
Niwa climate scientist Gregor Macara said the spate of hot temperatures this month had been "quite remarkable".
Chilton St James students Nicole Wester, 16, and Olivia Jordan, 17 enjoying an icecream at Frank Kitts Lagoon on Tuesday.
"We certainly are well on track for the hottest February on record [since 1927].
* Wellington warm spell boosts hospitality sector
* Wellington sizzles as temperatures top 30C
"It's subject to change, but the temperatures are tracking so high it'll take quite a change to bring those back down. It's quite exciting."
The temperatures were remaining hot through the night, too, MetService communications meteorologist Lisa Murray said.
"We've had a run of warmer days and quite high overnight minimums, we're talking up to 19 degrees overnight.
"In Wellington people really feel it, it makes it hard to sleep."
People were likely to be suffering sleep deprivation from the unusually hot nights, Massey University Sleep/Wake Research Centre research officer Karyn O'Keeffe said.
"It can take longer to fall asleep and people will have less deep sleep, and less dream sleep (REM), and we wake up more overnight.
"Not concentrating, not making good decisions, not getting on with others are some of the immediate effects."
The key to getting sleep on a hot night was cooling your body temperature, Sleep Well Clinics NZ director Alex Bartle said.
"Your sleep will be disturbed if you can't get rid of the heat. We don't advise people to just lie in bed if you're too hot. Get up and allow yourself to cool down and then snuggle down.
"If you want to sleep without PJs that's fine. You just need to be able to drop your heat."
But while people may have been suffering from disturbed sleep, they may also have been feeling happier, and fighting off infection better.
With more sunny days comes more skin exposure to the sun, boosting the production of vitamin D.
"We know that vitamin D is important for bone health, and we know it's an integral part of the immune response to infection," Massey University Vitamin D Research Centre co-director Pamela von Hurst said.
Many studies had also shown a correlation between vitamin D and good moods. However, "correlation does not infer causation", she said.
"People could just be generally healthier because good vitamin D levels improve our resistance to infection, and let's face it, we all do just feel better when the sun is shining and its a lovely day."
The Emergency Department at Wellington Regional Hospital had also seen "one or two" cases of "very nasty sunburn", head of emergency medicine Andre Cromhout said.
He urged people to wear sunscreen and take care when outside in the direct sun. "Put on a hat, wear sunscreen and stay hydrated."
FEBRUARY BY THE NUMBERS
* 19.8 degrees Celsius the average temperature so far
* 24C the average daily high
* 18 days since rain recorded at Wellington Airport
* Eight days of 26C or higher, compared with just one day last year
* Wellington has had almost double the sunshine hours of Auckland
The dry spell of the past 18 days, save for a smattering of less than 1mm this morning, may be about to end.
Wellington is likely to see rain and wind on Wednesday and Thursday, with the sun coming out again on
Turns out they were spectaclarly wrong and I was right (for Wellington). This is what NIWA were forecasting back at the beginning of December
3 Deember, 2015
If you feel like the winter blues just won't go away, you could be right.
Bad news for Wellington holiday-makers: the blustery, cool El Nino summer ahead doesn't look like one to remember.
The windy, cool, drizzly weather that began the season this week is a herald of things to come, say National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research scientists looking out over the next three months.
4 February, 2016
Kiwis knew they were in for another hot day but temperatures have soared towards 30 degrees Celsius in the south.
Timaru was the first to reach 30 degrees Celsius on Thursday, with the town and its big sister city playing a game of cat and mouse in the race to the top.
The garden city was enjoying 28C by 10.30am. By 11am, Timaru had caught up, then Christchurch hit 29C around 11.15am.