April’s unseasonably warm weather has delighted holidaymakers but caused disruption for commuters.
MetService reports that it was the fourth month running with above average temperatures – typically 1 to 1.5 degrees above normal – and these abnormalities were felt right throughout New Zealand.
According to MetService Meteorologist, Georgina Griffiths, the warm weather is partly because of the El Niño that has pushed a flow of warm water across the Pacific Ocean late last year. While the El Niño is dissipating, it continues to spread the warm water around New Zealand, raising temperatures.
“Last month was sunny, warm and dry around many parts of the country; Nelson recorded its sunniest April ever with a total of 248 hours of sunshine,” Griffiths said.
Whilst she says there will still be a spat of cold spells across the country, it should be a lot less than normal with much warmer weather in the coming weeks for Auckland, Wellington and Southland.
The weather pattern poses problems for commuters, particularly in Auckland, as exhibited this morning, with fog disrupting Air travel domestically and ferry services delayed by up to 40 minutes.
The New Zealand Transport Agency thanked commuters for their patience and warned of further delays in days to come as MetService predicts further fog and warm temperatures to stick around for a few more weeks.