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New Years Day sizzler in the south

Central and eastern areas of the mainland baked yesterday under sunny skies and a furnace- like nor’ wester.

Timaru was the highest centre with 34 degrees but other inland areas of Canterbury unofficially climbed as high as 38 degrees.The day began sunny and still but within just a few hours, the hot winds saw the mercury rise well above 30 degrees.

Blenheim, Ashburton and Oamaru recorded 33 degrees with Christchurch(after 5pm), Ranfurly, Hinds and Mayfield on 32.

Today the heat moves further north and will be felt in many eastern, central and northern areas of the North island whereas a cooler southerly wind change makes its way up the South Island seeing the thermometer cool fairly dramatically. Western areas of the mainland have experienced a stormy night with heavy rain expected to ease today.


Andrew on 1/01/2010 8:42pm

Hi guys happy new year to the Weatherwatch team……
Just noticed the tropics look quite busy with lots of patches of orange…. is the tropics about to produce a Cyclone…..?


WW Forecast Team on 3/01/2010 10:55pm

Hi Andrew – Happy New Year to you too.  Yep the tropics certainly are getting fired up…there’s a spot north west of Aussie and north east of Fiji that we’re keeping an eye on.  Certainly heading in to peak cyclone season…usually late Jan to March.

Philip Duncan

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