A searing week-long heatwave in New Zealand has caused a nationwide shortage of fans.
January has been the hottest month in the country’s history, with temperatures hitting 40 degrees in parts of the South Island and 30C in Auckland and Wellington.
Even prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been forced to improvise to keep her home cool, as stores and online retailers run out of stock.
She posted a photo of a fan belonging to her partner Clarke Gayford, missing the grill and with a wooden board for a base.
A searing week-long heatwave in New Zealand has caused a nationwide shortage of fans (pictured is prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford’s fan)
Frustrated New Zealanders took to social media (pictured) to vent their anger over the fan shortage, with some saying it happens every year
‘Clarke’s fan – it has no front cover and a home made base. I am not complaining,’ she wrote in her caption to the photo.
Some stores such as Countdown has almost no fans left in stock, and Bunnings and The Warehouse have a limited number left, The New Zealand Herald reported.
Internet searches for fans and air-conditioners have skyrocketed, and retailers said they have sold double the number of fans compared to the same period in 2017.
Frustrated New Zealanders took to social media to vent their anger over the fan shortage, with some saying it happens every year.
Even prime minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured, right, with partner Clarke Gayford) has been forced to improvise to keep her home cool, as stores and online retailers run out of stock
‘Okay people it was hot last year, they ran out of fans. It’s hot this year they have ran out of fans, preplan for next year!’ said one Facebook user.
‘Of course – the country has been in a heatwave for over a month and no-one thought to get in more fans,’ said another.
‘Yeah and my daughter who heard the warehouse in Wellington was going to get some at 3pm today went there to buy one and only one and some person got all 20 that they got in,’ said someone else.
‘Do they lack the software to project demand each summer for fans and the quantity they should be shipping in?’ wondered one frustrated shopper.
Social media users reported sold out stores and days-long hunts for fans (pictured above)
‘If I was given a dollar for every time someone asked if we had fans either in person or on the phone I would be so rich by now,’ said a Bunnings Warehouse worker.
‘Went into my local Warehouse last week, they said they’d be getting some in next week [this week],’ said a Porirua resident.
‘Went back on Monday and was advised they didn’t have any, weren’t getting any and that they would be getting heaters.’
New Zealand is likely to record the hottest January on record, with warm sea temperatures creating hot conditions expected to continue into February.
The temperatures this January have been 2.9C above average so far, making it the hottest month since 1867.
New Zealand is likely to record the hottest January on record, with warm sea temperatures creating hot conditions expected to continue into February (pictured are social media comments about the fan shortage)