Warm sea, more heat on the way
The heat is on for the Gisborne District and most of the rest of the country according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in its preview for the next three months.
The La Niña weather event has already seen marine temperatures of 1.6C to 2.5C above average in northern areas of the country, surpassing the previous record-breaking marine heatwave conditions of 2017-18.
“In the western and eastern North Island, the event has been consistent with summer 2017-18,” says Niwa, which expects the marine heatwave to have an upward influence on air temperatures and humidity for months.
Everywhere except Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa is likely to see less rainfall than normal because of periods of excessive humidity and hot temperatures.
Niwa says there is an elevated chance for ex-tropical cyclone activity across Gisborne and northern Hawke’s Bay, which increases the risk for heavy rainfall events.
Rain is forecast for later this week, which will be welcome.
One of the saddest and most notable events of the week just ended was the death of actor Sidney Poitier at the age of 94.
Poitier was the first black man to receive the Academy Award for Best Actor, for the film Lillies of the Field in 1964, but to the older generation he is best remembered for two other movies — In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, both in 1967.
Both were ground-breaking in different ways. The first showing viral racism in the deep south, and the second focussing on the bigotry of a white couple whose daughter brings home a black man.
In his own way Poitier earned praise for bringing the issues of race to mainstream America in a decade that was so different, when it was more difficult to do so.
Apple became, briefly, the first company whose stock reached a valuation of $US3 trillion on January 3. Analysts say it still has room to grow in the future.
And on the first anniversary of the riots that saw a pro-Trump mob storm the US Capitol, with five deaths, US President Joe Biden took aim at his predecessor saying Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud could unravel the rule of law and subvert future elections.
Meanwhile the holiday period ended last week with the highest number of drownings since the summer of 1982-83, with 14 victims aged between four and 74.