Tropics looking highly active in mid February, rain and humid wind might impact NZ (+2 Maps)

It's looking increasingly likely that the tropics will impact New Zealand's weather as we head towards the middle of February with today saying there is a big disruption coming to the weather patterns well north of us as early as next week.

The Great Cool Down of Friday/Saturday will see some drop 14C, while others miss out (+3Maps)

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A significant cool down is coming on Friday and Saturday to many parts of the country that have been sweltering well above normal this week. As the heatwave continues for some regions today a southerly change on Friday will put an end to areas experiencing well above normal temperatures across every day this week.

Video: A cool change coming for NZ + latest on Waitangi Day, also temps lower than -50C grip USA

We have a significant cool change arriving on Friday with many in the South Island dropping from the low to mid 30s to the late teens and early 20s, a drop of 10 to 14 degrees for some.

Weather Video: A cold change this Friday + your forecast up until Waitangi Day

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We have a cold change coming this Friday dropping temperatures in some regions by over 12 degrees as it heads north. On Saturday it reaches the North Island and falls apart. Before it arrives we have more hot weather with late 20s and early 30s.

Waitangi Day may be wet for some + Tropics really changing shape north of NZ next week

Easterlies are about to dominate northern New Zealand and humidity levels may be about to lift further as the tropics wakes up, expands, and flirts with New Zealand in the coming weeks.

February Tropics Alert: Cyclone risk north of NZ set to rapidly rise (+4 Maps)

There's a fairly high chance that conditions north of New Zealand in the tropics will be active in the first half of February and while New Zealand won't be directly affected at this stage it looks as though there may be some tropical energy around some populated places.

February's Weather Pattern: A few slight changes coming for NZ plus 14 day expected rainfall Map

February is almost here and many are asking what the weather will do. has been looking at the various computer models and our forecast is for this current pattern to continue - but with a few slight changes.

What stays the same?

Weather Video: More heat, sun and dry but a cool change on Friday/Saturday for many

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We take a look at the hot weather across large parts of the country and we also go to the tropics where there is a big jump in energy north of New Zealand for the first half of February. But in the days ahead we have more hot weather, several degrees above normal and consistently so for a number of days in a row.

Hotter than normal weather moves around on Tuesday, we detail who gets it & who misses out (+2 Maps)

It's been a hot day across New Zealand with temperatures reaching the mid 30s and reliable private weather stations recording as high as 36 and 37 degrees in some parts of Hawke's Bay and 35 and 36C in some parts of Marlborough.

Temperatures now pushing towards the Late 30s C as heatwave kicks in

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Temperatures are going above what was forecast this afternoon with temperatures up to 37 degrees at 1:30pm and the hottest part of the day still yet to come. says it's 37 in parts of Napier/Hastings in Hawke's Bay.

In the South Island it's up to 36 degrees in the Marlborough Sounds.