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More heat today in north but cold in south

Gisborne risen to 28 degrees this hour as another hot day nears peak heat across the country.

Auckland is on 23 but in the suburbs with humidity the humidex says it feels more like 30. 

Whitiangta is on 26,  Hamilton 21, Paeroa 23, New Plymouth & Hawera on 20, Hastings is on 24, Wanganui is on 23, Palmerston North 22.   Wellington has 18.

It’s cooler in the South Island with Kaikoura only on 12, Christchurch, Timaru and Oamaru on 15 and Dunedin and Invercargill on 16.

The heat will return to Christchurch and other South Island regions tomorrow with many inland places in the east of both islands hitting 30 degrees with a strong nor’wester.

Northland is also likely to reach near 30 but with humidity the feels like temperature may reach the mid 30’s tomorrow or Saturday.


Guest on 10/12/2009 4:25am

It got to 30.6 @ 2:30PM in Papakura

Paul Owen on 10/12/2009 2:25am

Hi there..

I have noticed that your feels like indicator is different to the metservice feels like temperature for Auckland. Is this because the metservice website does not incluse the humidity index with there feels like temperature?

Many thanks


WW Forecast Team on 10/12/2009 4:20am

Hi Paul, great question.  There is a very big different between what WeatherWatch uses compared to what MetService use.

The WeatherWatch ‘feels like’ temperature is created by the Humidex calculator.  (Click here for details).  We measure the air temperature and the humidity levels which when both are higher create muggy weather.  Today when Auckland reached the mid 20’s our humidex reading said it felt more like 30 degrees outside.

The MetService ‘feels like’ temperature is actually only the Wind Chill – the effect the wind has on your skin.  Which is why today it was 22.3 at one point and their feels like temperature was 22.   

We prefer using the Humidex although sometimes the readings can be a little on the higher side than the Heat Index which is used by the World Meteorological Organisation – so we sometimes lower the temps just a little depending on the weather data available.

However we believe that our humidex readings for Auckland are giving very accurate results.

Kind Regards

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