Warm conditions over much of the North Island are matching, and in some cases beating, temperatures across Australia this morning. TRN’s Head weather analyst, Philip Duncan, says temperatures across Australia have lowered considerably recently while much of New Zealand enjoys an indian summer. “It’s 18 in Christchurch and Wellington this morning and 19 in New Plymouth, Whangarei and Tauranga. Meanwhile Brisbane the Gold Coast are also on 19 with Sydney on a chilly 15 this morning matching our southern most city, Invercargill!”.
Duncan says Dunedin, which is only on 12 degrees, along with Napier on just 13 are both warmer than Melbourne shivering on 11 this morning. He says current wind directions are the reason for the temperature spread, with plenty of mild, humid, northerlies over New Zealand and cooler sou’westers over Australia.
The bad news? We usually get what Australia gets. “We had that record high of 35 in Timaru recently, which was thanks to very hot air drifting from Australia. Now we’re seeing temperatures near single digits in Aussie…it’s just a matter of days before the South Island feels the cold, with the North Island not far behind either”.