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February will end up slightly cooler for NZ, warmer for OZ

Much of New Zealand will be able to log February 2013 as a month without a lot of extreme tempereatures.  In many cases, it was cooler than average.

But, even where temperatures ended up above average, it was a very small difference.  Through the 21st of February, the high country of the North Island and the lower half of the South Island were between 0.5â° and 1â° C above average.  A small part of inland Southland and central Otago were between 1.0â° and 1.5â° C above average.

The rest of New Zealand was no warmer than 0.5â° C above average.

On the other side of the ditch, Aussies were baking in some extreme heat.

In fact, most of the central and eastern sections of Australia will end the month at least 3â° C above average.

For western QLD, north-eastern SA and a large part of NSW temperatures will end up at least 4â°C above average.

According to a story on, Melbourne is set to break a record this month.  This February may be turn out to be the February with the most 30â°C+ days.

The city has already had 12 days of highs that were 30â°C or hotter.  That’s just 2 shy of the record.

The average is 7.

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westcoast on 25/02/2013 2:27am

the last week of Feb has , so far, continued the warm afternoon conditions
so could very well end up being above average for the whole month of temperature

dominic on 25/02/2013 5:42am

I think the cooler clear nights under a se wind influence will not lift the temps to over average, if the high pressure had sat out to the east and directed a milder northerly then yes above. How do i know we have had more s easterlys? why the sink that floats over the city from the treatment plant to our sw. Move over rotavegas……. theirs a new king in town wangavegas

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