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Depending on where you live across the country you may or may not have noticed that the temperatures have been steadily falling these past few days – and this week all the country will notice it.

Daytime highs took a big hit south of Wellington this weekend as thick cloud cover, patchy rain and cool southerlies combined.  If you haven’t lit your fire for 2008 then these next few nights might give you a helping hand – epecially if you live south of Waikato.  Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says Summer is losing its grip on the country.  “We’re on borrowed time as far as higher temperatures go.  Bay of Plenty will probably remain the warmest daytime region but we have less hours of daylight than we do sunlight for the next 5 and a half months, so overall things are cooling down”.
And he says all of New Zealand will see a drop in night time temperatures this week.  “We’ll still be getting highs in the low to mid 20’s across the North Island but clearer skies but lighter southerlies south of the Bombays will see single digit lows especially inland”.
Global weather giant,, is predicting many NZ towns and cities to drop anywhere from 9 to 3 degrees over the next few nights.  “I think a lot of indoor fires and heaters will start to be lit in the North Island, with central areas like Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo and Hastings falling into the single digits at night.  South Islanders will feel the chill even more so, with Otago and maybe Southland receiving light frosts over the next few nights”.
Duncan says the warmest centres, both overnight and during the day, are Whangarei, Auckland and Tauranga with Hamilton and New Plymouth still seeing temperatures over 20 degrees during the day. “Aucklanders shold still enjoy mild evenings but by sunrise there’ll be a real nip in the air”.
He says the 10 day forecast for Waikato farmers still looks pretty dry, but that farmers should “take some comfort” that the patters have changed recently and southern rain bands are edging closer to the region every week.  “Not only that, but the tropics are still extremely active and there are predictions of sub tropical lows forming just north of New Zealand later this week”.



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