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“Scorcher” Weekend On The Way

The weather this weekend will be mainly sunny and most certainly hot in a number of areas as above average temperatures continue to affect many regions.

Not quite the tropics but getting there!  Yasawa Island, Fiji) Photo by reader Amanda Boyce

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says light winds and clear skies have been responsible for the hot weather this week and this weekend the addition of a nor’wester will bump temperatures up even further.

“With sunny skies and strong nor’westers building over the country Saturday and Sunday look set to be hot in a number of regions pushing into 30 degrees.  It’s going to be a real scorcher for those inland and in the east”.

Mr Duncan says Central Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Waikato will be the hottest places.  “These regions won’t be affected by the cooling conditions of the sea to the west.  Some places could be several degrees above average for November”.

Yesterday Invercargill only managed to reach 11 degrees while just up the road in Alexandra it was 26.  “That inland heating can be fierce”. He says Invercargill should be warmer today thanks to the nor’wester.

It was a chilly start in the south this morning.  Dunedin started with just 2 degrees with 3 across inland Southland.  As of 8am it was already 17 degrees in Tauranga and 16 in Paraparaumu.

Share the weather conditions where you are!  Post a comment below!


Andrew on 14/11/2008 12:59am

Nice and sunny here in Morrinsville in the mighty Waikato. Clear skies and light wind but very hot out there. I guess the body hasn’t adjusted itself to the warmer weather yet as it is probably only around 23-25 degrees which is pretty standard I guess for summer.

Keith on 14/11/2008 12:54am

It’s 26C in my home right now (2pm) with all the doors and windows open!

Matt on 13/11/2008 8:11pm

Hey I’m just wondering what makes Alexandra’s weather so hot in the summer, you often hear unoffical reports of 38C+, I’m just wondering why that is?


WW Forecast Team on 14/11/2008 1:10am

There are a few factors at play here.  Firstly, Alexandra is a long distance from the sea.  The sea keeps conditions pretty even – Auckland, for example, is surrounded by sea and the temperatures are rarely extreme.  Inland temperatures can rocket up but also plummet fiercly…similar to a desert.  Secondly the air is very dry – that allows the air to heat and cool to greater  limits.  Thirdly Alexandra is in a valley – the heat sits there and doesn’t get blown away – likewise cool air is blown in.  And finally it’s a very rocky area…the ground can really heat up during the day. 

Hope that helps!

The Weather Watch Team


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