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Cool southerly continues for many today

A cool southerly, which moved up much of New Zealand yesterday, will start to ease today – but not enough to significantly lift temperatures.

Tuesday was quite cooler than previous days in a number of centres, with Dunedin, Invercargill, Gore, Ashburton, Darfield and Stewart Island all only making it to 13 degrees.

Christchurch, Kaikoura and Blenheim made it to just 15 along with Masterton while Wellington, Levin and Palmerston North made 16.

Today temperatures are likely to be only a degree or two warmer for those centres.

But the southerly has helped lift temperatures in other regions.  Southerlies in summer are particular warm in northern regions, such as Bay of Plenty – providing a similar effect as the Nor’Wester in Canterbury.

Yesterday Kawerau, near Whakatane, reached 27 degrees, while Whakatane itself made 26 and Tauranga made 25.


Homepage image / Noelle Bennett


Mark on 7/12/2010 7:44pm

I think you may need to explain that second to last paragraph. How does a southerly bring warmer air to northern regions?

WW Forecast Team on 7/12/2010 8:19pm

In summer it can be similar to a nor’wester in Canterbury. The wind loses a lot of its moisture and cloud cover – plus it warms up as it crosses over the sun heated land.  By the time it reaches places like Bay of Plenty it can be dry and hot – just like we saw yesterday.

– WW

Sarah B on 7/12/2010 7:35pm

We managed to make it to 25 in Beachlands yesterday so quite pleasant :o)

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