You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘heat wave’ bandied about in the news, and perhaps wondered what exactly it means. Does one hot day constitute a heat wave? And how hot is hot? Does New Zealand really get that many heat waves? If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about these things, then look no further!
Written by John Law, Meteorologist
On Monday 28th November 2011, a south to southwest change swept its way northwards across Otago and Canterbury during the afternoon. Temperatures soared to 28°C preceding this change then rapidly plummeted to around 16°C. This was a good example of what is known in Australasia as a ‘buster'.
Written by Wayde Beckman from the Health Sponsorship Council, on 11 November 2010
Who would have thought in November, when temperatures struggle to get over 20 degrees in some New Zealand places, that ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are already high enough to cause sunburn and put Kiwis at risk of developing melanoma skin cancer?
Feels like temperature, to the nearest degree, gives an idea of how cool or warm the air feels to us.