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Heat and humidity relief for northern NZ stalls

Relief from the relentless humidity and heat for hundreds of thousands of people in the upper North Island has been delayed further as the incoming cold front stalls over the North Island.

In the past hours the frontal band has slowed its movement towards Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty – the regions suffering most from the heat and humidity.

While the air temperature is in the mid to late 20s today across northern New Zealand the humidex, or feels like, temperature is much higher, around the low to mid 30s.

The line between the hot and cold air masses is clearly seen in the weather observations with Taranaki on 17 and 18 degrees this hour yet just a little further north in Hamilton it’s around 10 degrees hotter on 27.

Despite the slow movement the cool change is still heading northward but says it won’t reach Auckland until late tonight meaning some people will go to bed in hot and humid conditions but wake up fairly cool overnight.


Dave on 8/02/2011 9:37am

I’ve certainly seen plenty of silly temp readings the last week.
mid thirties in Northland and Bay of Plenty, high thirties in Taranaki – yeah right!

The high temperatures in the eastern SI were quite spectacular though (certainly believable)

Laura on 8/02/2011 4:38am

My garden (in the shade) temp was 34 today. Add to that the humidity and I am so thankful for airconditioning!

BOI, Northland

Nicola on 8/02/2011 4:23am

Thank you, your observations are far more realistic than Metservice. Today has most definitely been the most hideous in recent weeks, and I felt a bit cheated when I read on Metservice that the high in Auckland was 25 today. YEAH RIGHT! Not where I am! It’s cooled down a bit in the last two hours though, very refreshing.

Jude on 8/02/2011 2:52am

I am melting here. Its soooooooo humid

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