Life at No.22, Musings of ordinary life, New Zealand

What’s the Hot Topic in New Zealand this week?

Weather of course!

Every one of you thought it was the folk from the United Kingdom that talked more about the changeable weather.  Didn’t you?  I beg to differ.

Us down here in New Zealand we usually experience a few hot days, then back down to a shall we say “a more inviting temperature”.  Then there are those that move to our neighbouring country Australia for an enjoyable lifestyle which of course really means better weather.  In turn, means boasting about how pleasant the weather is over the small ditch that is between us both.

Nightly weather reports on the local TV channel highlighting the vast continent of Australia with an angry orange-red. Then to make matters worse, we are shown heart-breaking photographs of Brumbies [wild horses] dead from dehydration.  This indeed illustrates how dangerous the heat problem is for our neighbours.

The Aussies.

Our cuzzie bros and their female counterparts from across the ditch must be wishing that they were back in New Zealand and maybe starting to plan their great escape from the big burn.

Like most Kiwis, I have a lot of expat friends and family living in Australia and have spent hours on the blower listening to boasts about how warm and sunny it is in their part of paradise.

When I’ve tried talking them into coming home they’ve said sorry, but they’ve acclimatised and just couldn’t stand the cold. My retaliation has been to warn those expats that in a couple of years they will be desperate to get back to where they once belonged when the sunburnt country burns up. And verily it has come to pass.

But some would say I should not be so smug.

mount and sunrise

On the day some parts of the Bay of Plenty are now experiencing 33 degrees, I was walking and felt myself moving faster to that next spot of shade.  Then came the time to do some grocery shopping.

Free aircon for a few hours. 

It does indeed take that long when you move at a snail’s pace, up and down the aisles, muttering away to yourself about not finding that elusive can of whatever it I was pretending to search out.   The alternative was not good.  Hair that could be mistaken for a 1980’s lousy hairdo and feeling like a jockey’s sweatbox.

So I stayed inside and again blessed supermarkets for their excellent air conditioning.  Then I stood by the long row of yoghurts like a shag on a rock with my wings spread out and legs apart. I wasn’t the only one. Others were flapping their arms about trying to cool off.  Trying to do it discreetly like me.  Though they did seem to be more like “real shoppers” and had more in their trolleys than me.

Eventually, I had to purchase a few groceries. We really did need them.  Then I reminded myself there was another blessing in the form of the air conditioner in the car.  Even in that small space, I managed a flap or two.

That day it hit 33 with a high 21 degs at night.

I wondered if the supermarket ever thought of opening 24hours.  Unfortunately, it did not.  We do have an aircon at No.22.  It’s a noisy contraption that needs a boot out the door.  Not to worry we won’t have this heat for long.  As I remind myself this is New Zealand and not Australia.

Then there is the wind. 

windsurfers

Meaning that there is always drama when there is wind. Who needs Sky TV when you’ve got the real stuff happening as branches, wheely bins and garden furniture scrambled into each other, and what looked like a sheet wrenched from a washing line, in a heap on the street.

The experts say it has nothing to do with the super moon, but this crazy weather just happened to occur in its wake.  We have two more set to show up before the end of March.

As the sun falls and when the humidity gets too much, you can hear people out on their balconies murmuring as they cool down at No.22. Reminding me of those kitsch American movies set in the south where folk sit on a porch swing.

No room for large porch swings at No.22.

So when the heat gets to you, what do you do?  I have been known to get myself out of bed at 2 am and put both feet under a cold tap, with a huge sign and thoughts of that ever inviting coolness of any supermarket aisle.

Or perhaps a stroll down a deserted beach at night sounds more inviting and romantic?

What do you think?

what's the hot topic in new zealand this week

75 thoughts on “What’s the Hot Topic in New Zealand this week?”

  1. I did just the same last summer – taking an awfully long time for grocery shopping just to enjoy the free aircon! 😂 Now it’s the same but for the heating!! 😂😂

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  2. I love reading about locales “down under!” I’d love to visit NZ someday if time and finances ever allow. Here in FL, we ALWAYS talk about the weather!

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  3. I’m not sure we are obsessed about the weather. Though should I take a light raincoat for my walk this morning? 😎 We are fortunate in the Bay of Plenty in that the winters are mild. Keep warm!

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  4. We do love to talk about the weather in England but nowhere near as much as you Kiwis. Everyone we met in NZ was obsessed with the weather and perhaps rightly so as its so changeable. Couldn’t handle those crazy Aussie temperatures though. Absolutely awful. there is a lot to be said for cool 20 degree summer days and cold winters. Keep cool Suze.

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  5. Thanks Deb, yes “Australia” has been mentioned quite a few times in weather conversations in the last week or so 🙂 Mid twenties for the next few days I hope. Have a group walk tomorrow that doesn’t start until 10am so lets hope its coolish!! Keep cool too.

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  6. Thanks for thinking of us here across the ditch Suzanne! It’s been sweltering 🙂 I love the photo over the beach the colours are superb! You’ve summed it all pretty well and at this stage we have had only 1 day under 30 in January and that day it was 29.9!!! Stay cool!

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  7. The heat is not so much a problem it is the humidity that is the killer of energy! Asia and further up in the Northern Territory are horrendous in summer for the humidity. That is why malls are so popular as power for locals is so expensive in Asia.
    Hey, Queensland has warmer winters which we will be hopefully taking advantage of this year 🙂

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  8. HI Suzanne, yes Australian summers can be stifling especially with the humidity. I have enjoyed my three visits to NZ and have been blessed each time with pretty good weather. I know what you mean about the airconditioning. We visited Thailand and it was so hot we went Mall Hopping just to stay in the aircond. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ll visit NZ anytime 🙂

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  9. It’s definitely been very warm here in Western Australia – but fortunately in the SW it always cools down in the evening – just in time for a pleasant stroll in the breeze with my lovely husband. We’re off to Qld tomorrow and I’ll be seeing what their more tropical climate is like in the middle of Summer – I hope our air bnb has air con!!
    Thanks for linking up to MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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  10. Thanks Jan and for the weather report. We love the Sunshine Coast. Both countries have many positives as well as negatives. It is where we are most comfortable is where we tend to live isn’t it! Yes, we have visited Australia on many occassions and hopefully we will get over there as a couple once again. Much prefer fans than aircon in our apartment. As live on a slight hill we get a good breeze most days. Jan, thanks for commenting.

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  11. What a great post title – it really got me in. I am a big fan of New Zealand having often travelled there on business. Such scenery, such lovely people, but I wouldn’t trade my life on the Sunshine Coast. We are fortunate to have air conditioning which we rarely use, and a pool which we use most days. We do use our fans constantly and most of the time they are enough. So there is your weather report from Noosaville 😉

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  12. Thanks Johanna. I do think the weather is a topic that makes for easy conversation no matter what country we happen to be living in or visiting. Yes, cycling in heat is hard so is walking even though I got out of bed just after 5am!! Though had to wait until it became light. I hope you do get to visit our fair shores. Both Australia and New Zealand have many positive aspects and an negative ones! Hard to pick a perfect country to live in 🙂

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  13. I loved this post and your images. I really really want to visit New Zealand but I’m afraid I might want to stay and buy a house and retire there too! Yes, like you we have a propensity to discussing the weather in our house – a) because of our English roots – we were once ALWAYS talking about the weather and b) because it impacts he himself’s cycling plans! #MLSTL and shared on SM

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