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Hotter weather on the horizon?

The hot, gusty, nor’westers – which have for the most part been avoiding New Zealand this spring – may arrive in the final days of November say forecasters.

The predicted nor’westers don’t appear to be localised ones either and in fact may come from as far as way as the interior of Queensland, where the air is much hotter.

“While the air will cool on its south east journey over the Tasman Sea the nor’westers can really pick up heat when they rush down the eastern side of New Zealand’s main ranges – this dries the air out further and makes it even hotter in the east” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

Mr Duncan says so far spring has really lacked a lot of hot nor’west days.  “We had a couple of hot days but for the most part eastern areas, like Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Canterbury and Otago can tend to reach the 30 degree mark a few times in spring, but not this spring”.

Duncan says the windy, warm, weather predicted at the end of November and for the first Saturday of December could spell cloudier, cooler and wetter weather for the western coastline.  “It’s too early to know rainfall amounts but certainly many of the models are indicating a windy spell of weather across New Zealand in about seven days time – we may see more November weather in December this year”.

Last December the weather shifted to La Nina, bringing many wet, cloudy days.  This summer is predicted to be more neutral, which tends to favour a variety of weather and sometimes less extremes.



John Gaul on 23/11/2012 7:54am

Just off the cuff.
I think we may get some hot days in December. 30cplus

WW Forecast Team on 23/11/2012 10:47am

Totally agree John, think the east coast will get a few spring-like nor’westers this December: 30+ quite likely for you in Canterbury, far less likely for Waikato, Auckland, BOP – even with the humidex I think.


sw on 22/11/2012 7:25pm

Doesnt look that flash for Auckland from the weekend and all next week.

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