Heatwave in the Deeep South of New Zealand
The real situation
I didn't believe this when I saw it in a comment yesterday but here it is!
Winton is in Southland in NZ's Deep South where the average temperature is 18.7 °C (65.7 °F).
The official figures are in the shade and at grass level, I believe so don't always reflect what we experience. Our temperatures are almost always hotter than the official figure.
When I had breakfast a 9 am the temperature on the kitchen table was 34C. It is 27C in the shade inside. Our house and garden is cooler than the are around on account of the shady trees. One feels relief from the heat the moment one walks through the garden under the wonderful magnolia tree which releases lots of wonderful oxygen.
This comment from on the ground in Invercargill reflects the true situation.
My partner said his boss will start sending people home early from the office once it reaches 30 degrees, and I know the freezing works will start having short days until we get some significant rain fall. No grass growth, meaning farmers will have to hold onto their stock until they can reach a saleable weight. That’s a Couple of thousand people affected In just one industry."
The role of the media is always to trivialise the important (like abrupt climate change) and to spread fear in the things that don’t (North Korea).
Invercargill narrowly edged out Gore as the hottest town in New Zealand on Sunday, in what was a sizzling day of temperatures in Southland.