Warmer weather expected in South

    Surf's up . . . Blue sky and warm weather had Issac (left, 9), Gracie-Mae (5) and Ava (12) Shirkey out at Oreti Beach on Tuesday. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

    Summer may be halfway done but there is an expectation of more beach-friendly temperatures to come.

    Niwa last week said Otago and Southland temperatures were forecast to be warmer than average over the next three months, but the localised heavy rainfalls we have had of late may continue in what Niwa is calling a “non-traditional La Nina” summer.

    This expectation of warmer weather was backed by the MetService temperatures for the next week across the south.

    Today, a few showers were expected in Fiordland but, elsewhere, the morning would be cloudy and then fine with isolated afternoon showers.

    Plenty of people headed to Oreti Beach on Tuesday to take advantage of the sunshine.

    Among them was the Shirkey family, who had just come home to Invercargill after a holiday in Arrowtown.

    Duke, the Boxer-Collie cross, joined them and even had a go at standing on the boogie board.

    Twelve-year-old Ava said her favourite things about the beach were surfing and boogie-boarding.

    Justine Roberts, of Tauranga, visited the beach for the first time, along with her Gore grandchildren.

    “The weather hasn’t been too bad, but it’s a bit different in the North Island.”

    The children had fun splashing in the water and playing in the sand dunes.latest Nike releaseAsics Onitsuka Tiger