Faulty reading no quick fix

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Many visitors and locals to a Clutha township may have been confused in recent times by what appears to be a long-lasting heatwave.

The main street of Milton hosts the Milton Lions’ time and temperature sign outside the Milton Country Club, and it has seen better days.

The sign, which alternately flashes the time and temperature, currently has a sweltering temperature of 87degC recorded, and has for some time.

Lions club member Hugh Howat said the sign was given to the community in 2008, to mark 40 years of service as a club.

It was missing a temperature sensor that was crucial to its continued operation, he said.

“That’s why its telling you it is kind of warm.

“Our electrician has got part of it going again, but it’s got a Swiss digital part in it. So he is having to deal with Switzerland all the time.’’

Global Covid-19 complications may have delayed getting the needed equipment to New Zealand.

“With everything else that’s kicking off around the world, it gets hard to get certain things sometimes and they can’t always tell you when things are going to get here.”

Because of this there was no estimated time that the thermometer would be fixed, but it was a work in progress.

“We’re nursing it along. There is a bit more manual input needed now when usually it just keeps chugging along.”