Hi there. My goodness, wasn't Christmas Day in Wellington hot? (and I do mean the weather). 29c. It was the second to hottest Wellington Christmas day ever. The hottest Christmas day had been in 1934 apparently. I went for a swim at 9 a.m. Then I went for another swim at 5 pm and Hataitai Beach was positively crowded. People were trying out their new bikes, kayaks, paddle boards. I drove to the beach via Oriental Bay and I could hardly see a gap in the sand, there were so many people.
On Boxing Day it was 27c, and I did the same thing - I went for a swim in the morning and another one later in the afternoon. I figured that by 3 pm, I probably wouldn't get a park at Hataitai Beach - I wished my foot was better and that I could have walked there - so instead I drove over the hill behind my place, to Worser Bay. For years I used to swim at Worser Bay until they fashioned in the flax-covered dunes. Because of those stupid dunes, picnic-goers who want a sea view are now scrunched into one little end of the beach, quite a way from the changing sheds. The water is colder at Worser Bay than at Hataitai Beach because it' s more outer harbour. But I relished in the colder water yesterday. Oh yes, jellyfish at Hataitai Beach (one slithered over my leg) and also, too, Oriental Bay. The saucer-sized transparent ones. Apparently they were about on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day last year, too. Hope they're gone soon.
So much for all the pundits and forecasters saying for days that Christmas Day was going to to be storm-ridden, eh?