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Scorching heat ahead of cool change

Christchurch has rocketed to 34 degrees this afternoon as a blustery nor’wester and mostly clear skies push across the region.

The heat is affecting Canterbury roughly north of Banks Peninsula, with a cooler southerly moving in behind it.

This hour Christchurch peaked at 34 but has dropped a degree to 33, however a little further south and Timaru has only 19 degrees with that southerly change.

In the North Island some eastern areas are also feeling the heat with 30 degrees around Wairoa and Hastings and 29 in Gisborne. Napier has 28, Paeroa 26.

Gusty winds are hitting the capital with near gales.  The winds are gusting over 80km/h in Wellington this hour.

But while much of the country enjoys hot, dry, weather today spare a thought for those in Invercargill.  The temperature at the airport this hour is only 13 degrees.  Warmer weather is expected to return to Southland tomorrow.


– Homepage image / Zelda Wynn


Guest on 16/01/2011 2:10am

Spare a thought?

It did get to 17 at the ‘airport’ but I had a reading of 19.8 in the city before the SE kicked in. More than comfortable inside and I don’t mean with any artificial heating! And I agree with the earlier comment – the cooler change will be welcomed by those firefighters.

Guest on 16/01/2011 3:15am

It isn’t going to drop below 19 or 20 here in the North for the next week. Summer is really pumping now!

Guest on 16/01/2011 2:00am

They have a bush fire out west of there so the cool is welcome for them i would think.

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