Rare weather phenomenon possible
As for where this lockdown phenomenon is being felt the most, warmer than average days have been happening across the North Island, the top of the South Island and about Otago.
“The sample size of about 40 days isn’t nearly long enough to say anything specific about trends, but it represents an interesting data point that might be more noticeable since we’re all spending more time indoors.”
Dry days (days with less than 1 mm of rain) have been common during level 4s past and present, especially in the North Island and eastern South Island. This includes Otago, Canterbury, eastern Marlborough, Nelson, Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty, eastern Waikato, and parts of Auckland and Northland.
Looking ahead, Mr Noll said that there will be a spell of wet weather from tomorrow into early next week. Beyond that, he saw a return to tranquility.
“During September, patterns of high pressure may again dominate, bringing increased sunshine and below normal rainfall to swathes of the country. Temperatures in eastern areas could reach 20-25 degrees at times.”
If we’re basing lockdown on the weather, we may be here for a while.