Spring temperatures smash record


Demand for sunscreen in Musselburgh was hot in spring, as the mercury soared to smash a long-standing weather record.

Niwa climate scientist Nava Fedaeff said the spring mean minimum temperature in Musselburgh was the highest since records began in 1947.

The mean minimum temperature in spring was 8.4degC – 1.2degC higher than average.

“The nights were warmer than usual,” Miss Fedaeff said.

The spring mean temperature was 12degC in Musselburgh – 1degC above average – making it the second-warmest spring since 1947.

The 580 sunshine hours recorded in Musselburgh in spring were 123% above normal, making it the second-sunniest spring in the suburb since records began in 1980.

Musselburgh Pharmacy dispensary technician Gwenda Marshall said she had lived in Musselburgh for 26 years and it was “definitely” the warmest spring she had experienced.

The flowers in her garden blossomed earlier than usual.

At the pharmacy in Musselburgh Rise this spring, people were buying more sunscreen, antihistamine and after-sun care than during spring in previous years, she said.


November in Musselburgh

Mean temperature 13.7degC – 1.3degC above average.

Mean minimum temperature 10.3degC – 1.7degC above normal.

214 sunshine hours, 127% above normal.

25mm of rain – 44% of the normal rainfall.

Source: Niwa