Met Service Director Arona Ngari said this week’s gloomy weather has been caused by an anticyclone moving past to the south, bringing fresh southerly and south-easterly winds.
“And the rain’s not helping either,” Ngari said.
He said the Met Service’s temperature gauge slumped to a depressing 13.7 degrees at around 5am on Sunday morning.
That’s the lowest since Rarotonga’s all-time low of 13 degrees, recorded 39 years ago in 1975.
Ngari said Monday’s low was 14.2 degrees and Tuesday’s was 17 degrees.
Although the temperature improved a little more yesterday, it might be wise to keep the socks and sweater handy.
“Probably for the next few days this cloud will clear up but this coming weekend we’ll probably see similar conditions to what we’ve been getting lately,” Ngari said.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in the Cook Islands was 9 degrees in Mangaia, in 1975.