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Goodbye Summer temperatures – a cooler change is coming for many

The high across Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay today is about 34 degrees – tomorrow the late teens, thanks to a southerly change.

This same southerly has already affected parts of the South Island and believe it or not overnight lows through inland Southland and Otago tonight will be closer to freezing than they will double digits. Dunedin’s high on Wednesday is just 14 degrees and it may even struggle to reach that.

A cool night tonight in the lower South Island and a cooler couple of days coming up for the sweltering east coast of the North Island.

The rest of the week looks cooler in the east but will likely warm up again to around 30 degrees by Sunday.

While the cool change for the North Island’s east coast is quite a dramatic one it’s also fairly short lived, while the lower and western South Island’s ongoing spluttering summer means more of the same below average temperatures are coming over the next 10 days. It may be the second half of February before things calm down again in the South Island.


Temperatures in the hottest part of NZ today as of 1:10pm (Tuesday)


As you can see in the 1pm temperature maps below for today Tuesday and tomorrow Wednesday the south to south east wind change flushes away the hot air from much of the North Island. While Northland is still hot next couple of days it is a little cooler on Friday.

1pm Tuesday

1pm Wednesday

– Temperature forecast maps by, current observations by Wunderground’s community data network


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