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A weekend of “semi tropical” weather has set in with warm, humid conditions bumping the mercury right up across the nation.
Temperatures quickly reached 18 and 19 across Northland, Auckland and Waikato this morning, spreading to most North Island places by afternoon.
“There is a lot of warm, humid air over the country and with plenty of slow moving high pressure over us it’s not going to move away very fast” says the Radio Network’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan.
“Auckland reached 20 degrees today while 21 and 22 were common across Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.  There were a number of 19 and 18s right over the North Island and northern parts of the South Island”.
Duncan says it was 17 degrees in Dunedin, Gore and Invercargill with 18 further inland across Otago.
A cool wind kept Christchurch around 13 for much of the day and the Capital only made it to 15.
Similar temperatures are expected on Sunday.
“A low is expected to form out in the Tasman and with all this humid, warm, air we can probably expect drizzle and light showers over the north and rain on the South Island’s west coast.  We might even see some thunder activity around the middle of the week as the weak low moves over the country”.
Hurricane Humberto, which hit Texas Thursday night NZ time, was the fastest growing Hurricane ever recorded.
The storm went from a tropical depression to a hurricane in just 14 hours and weather forecasters can’t explain why they didn’t predict it.  The storm has dumped much needed rain in drought stricken south-eastern states such as Georgia and Florida, but has added more stress to Texas which is facing its wettest Summer in 60 years.  CNN reports that Humberto has claimed one life – that of an 80 year old man who died when his roof collapsed as the Category 1 hurricane made landfall.



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