It's hot, it's humid - so why no thunder this summer?

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There has been a distinct lack of thunderstorms this summer over New Zealand despite the heat and humidity holding up their end of the bargain, reports

Last summer dramatic thunderstorms pummeled much of the country and in particular the Waikato region.  But this summer, apart from a couple of days, the thunderstorms have remained well away from New Zealand.

So we spoke to NIWA and another expert to find out why.

Overnight lows to start dropping as nights grow longer

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While summer still has another two to five weeks remaining (depending on when you consider summer officially ends) the overnight lows are going to start sliding downhill from now on predicts

NZ bakes in hottest month ever

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Hundred-year-old records are tumbling as unrelenting heat sets New Zealand on course for its hottest February ever.

Most regions are between 2C and 3C hotter than normal as the strongest La Nina weather pattern in 30 years drives warm air and heavy humidity over the North Island.

Tropical heat in the NI, cool in the SI

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It's a nation of two halves today as tropical heat pushes across the North Island but a fairly cool southerly flow blows across the South.

Tauranga Airport reached 31 degrees today with predicting the CBD and neighbouring suburbs may have even been as high as 32 or 33.

Kawerau and Hastings also topped 31 degrees today.

Significant new cyclone threat emerging


Long range computer models, which accurately predicted Cyclone Yasi's exact path and strength up to to 10 days in advance, are now picking a new cyclone is going to form directly north of New Zealand in the next 7 days reports

Quick kiwi weather quiz

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Feel free to put your answers in our comments section and we'll provide the answers later.

1/ What year was New Zealand's highest temperature of 42.4 degrees recorded?

Thunder possible in far north and west

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Skies are brewing today in the north and west of the country as humid easterlies pick up the pace after a muggy night. 
Temperatures struggled to drop below 20 degrees in many centres including Auckland but with the humidity, it certainly felt considerably warmer.

Curious Cantabs cause commotion

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As the 6 month anniversary approaches since the September 4 earthquake in Canterbury, some people have had more than a guts-full of onlookers.

Telegraph Road was the scene of considerable damage as the quake moved the road several metres eastward and many curious Cantabrians and tourists have made the journey from the Garden city to see for themselves the force of mother nature.

No 40 degree heat expected this weekend

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Last Sunday parts of Canterbury sweltered with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees in Timaru, with the official high of a record 40.3 recorded at the airport and 41.3 degrees in the city itself at the gardens.

Risk of cyclone activity north of NZ

After a calm week since Cyclone Yasi sucked the energy out of the tropics north of New Zealand the weather seems to be re-energising reports

The Fiji Meteorlogical Service today says while the next two days show no chance of tropical storm development on Saturday there is a 5 to 20% chance of cyclone developing.