At one stroke the Kāpiti Coast Council is raising the official temperatures– and tourist potential — for the District.
It’s based on a simple idea — changing the location of the temperature gauge.
Sean Mallon, KCDC’s Manager for Infrastructure, says the Waikanae outdoor swimming pool, a summer hotspot, will soon take on an important new role for Kāpiti, as it will be the second site for measuring the district’s official temperatures.
“Metservice will be establishing a weather station –- a small pole used for measuring atmospheric temperatures – in the pool’s court yard,” he says.
Metservice will look at the temperatures recorded from both locations and the highest of the two will go to media each day.
Until now, the weather station at the Kāpiti Coast Airport was the temperature measuring site for the district.
The decision to establish a weather station at the Waikanae Pool came after District Councillor Mike Cardiff questioned whether the weather station located at the Airport was the best place for
measurements, given its nearness to the sea.
“Waikanae and Ōtaki boast some of the highest temperatures in the district, yet we weren’t seeing them reflected in our daily temperatures,” says Councillor Cardiff.
“The Waikanae pool is further inland and closer to district’s centre, which means we’ll be able to get temperatures that better represent the warm climate we enjoy on the Kāpiti Coast.”
“I’d like to thank the Metservice for agreeing to this small, but significant, decision,” Councillor Cardiff said.
Pool opens this week
The Waikanae outdoor pool opens for the summer season today, 5 November
“It’s a popular destination and our district’s only outdoor pool, so be sure to pay a visit,” says Mr Mallon.
Pool opening hours won’t be affected by the installation of the weather station.