[29 May/The Country]

Temperatures in the Western Bay of Plenty have fallen which is good news for the kiwifruit industry. NIWA’s principal Scientist for Forecasting, Chris Brandolino, said the coldest days were yet to come and warmer temperatures would return this weekend. MetService meteorologist, April Clark, added a southerly flow was traveling up the country and no one could escape the cold winds associated with it. A Seeka spokeswoman was delighted by the cold snap and called the week perfect. She noted it raised sugar level in fruit which allowed fruit to mature. Kiwifruit grower, Rob Thode, said May was unusually warm and the cold snap was needed to enable the industry to complete this seasons harvest quickly.