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POLL: Spring ends, but summer’s already here

Many New Zealanders recognise today as the end of spring but for most regions spring ended weeks ago as hot, dry, weather kicked in early – and today will be no different.

Temperatures across inland parts of the North Island will today soar into the mid to late 20s from Waikato to Central Plateau to Wairarapa, under clear skies and light winds.

Coastal areas such as Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth and Gisborne will enjoy highs in the low to mid 20s and a mix of sun and cloud.

In the South Island a cooler change is moving up the east coast but it’s hardly going to be cold with highs still in the late teens or early 20s along the coast and mid to late 20s – possibly 30 – well inland.

The only area that will be seeing some cold weather will be Invercargill and Dunedin, but warmer weather will return for the start of summer tomorrow.

Image / Daffodil season feels like a long time ago now – Zelda Wynn

Does Summer really start tomorrow?

Every change of season receives emails and comments from people unhappy that we mark the change of season by using the meteorological season (eg. Dec 1st) rather than the astronomical season (eg. the summer solstice).

So what date do you go by for the start of Summer?  Vote below


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Jason on 30/11/2010 6:16am

For this year as the past month we have seen many days over 20C in many parts of the country with an average of 14.8C here in Canterbury.
2 days it hit 29C and one was 30C, many others have been between 25C-28C even with onshore coastal sea breezes.
It certainly has been the warmest and sunniest November in awhile anyway, so i think its fair to say summer has well and truly started which could be a worry if it continues like this.
Here’s hoping the Tropical depressions start shifting down from the tropics and QLD area.

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