Monday was hottest ever day recorded in March

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The MetService has confirmed what we all knew, that Monday was stinking hot.

In fact, the MetService’s communications meteorologist Lisa Murray says the maximum of 29 degrees Celsius that was recorded at Nelson Airport was the hottest March day since records started in 1943. Lisa says the previous March maximum temperatures were 28.3 degrees recorded in 1962 and 27 degrees recorded in 2007. But that was still just short of the 30.3 degrees recorded in Nelson on Christmas Eve which was the hottest December day since 1943.

Lisa says Monday’s record March temperature was the result of a “ridge of pressure north-west of us combined with a light south-westerly flow over the top of the South Island that is strong enough to keep the sea breeze at bay”.

It was even hotter in Richmond where the Network Tasman Trust clock on Queen St showed an unofficial 30 degrees soon after 2pm. The temperature reading briefly jumped to 31 degrees for a few seconds at 2.40pm.