As if we need reminding it’s been quite a wet year for most of the country.
Even though the long-range outlook is for a more setltled October and November, particularly in the south, we will still see lows across parts of NZ from time to time. On the positive side, these fronts will be interspersed with breaks of fine weather and drier skies as anticyclones begin topush in.
The low last weekend and the early part of this week was very slow moving which is unusual for this time of year and once again rain gauges were topped up for more than three quarters of the nation. This has certainly not closed down the grass growth rate.
When we do have the sun shining, the UV index is high to very high and even at this stage of Spring it’s a good reminder to slip, slop, slap and wrap if you’re in the great outdoors. Anywhere from 10am until 5pm are the peak times to cover up and in October, particularly between 1 and 4pm as the sun is at its most intense at that time of the day.
Labour weekend approaching fast and the long weekend looks to bring a mixture of all sorts as is traditionally the case, so packing sunscreen and also having a jacket handy might be a good thing if you’re heading away.
Rural Exchange with Hamish McKay, Sarah Perriam and Richard Loe, 5-7am Weekends on RadioLIVE.