+ MOSQUITO ALERT FOR THE NORTH
A huge high pressure system meant most New Zealanders enjoyed a sunny and warm two days this weekend. Mainly clear skies accompanied by light winds or sea breezes meant temperatures jumped into the late teens or early 20s for much of the country, except Southland which only reached the early/mid teens.
TRN’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says this is another sure sign that La Nina is moving in and we’re in for a hotter than usual summer. “Easterlies over the north and a low in the northern Tasman is a typical La Nina set up. I think this summer might be the warmest we’ve had in several years, certainly for those north of Waikato”.
But the humid, warm, weather comes at a price. “Mosquitoes and flys love the hotter, humid, weather. Already mosquitoes are thick across northern regions and our Weather Watch Centre advises those who are alergic to mosquito bites to be on guard”.
Duncan says mosquitoes come out around dusk and bite until early morning.