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Sleepless warm nights = zombie day mode

Struggling to sleep due to the heat and humidity? You’re not alone! Muggy conditions are on the rise over parts of New Zealand, in particular the upper North Island which is being fed sub-tropical and Australia airflows.

This warmth plus humidity increases in the days and nights ahead with perhaps no relief for at least another week.

The peak of the warmth will be around Monday and Tuesday.

Overnight lows will be around 20 degrees in many upper North Island centres with the humidex (or feels like) temperature at least four or five degrees higher.

The sleepless nights give many people that ‘zombie mode’ feeling during the day after, especially if you’re working in a hot building/work place. We encourage all managers/bosses to take that into consideration at this time of year, as Kiwis struggle to get back to work (and school) after the summer holidays and now a week of hot nights for more than half of the population.

Also – good luck to the teachers (and students) facing some hot classrooms over the next week!

The first surge of Aussie heat moves over the South Island on Saturday/Saturday night, then moves into the North Island and upper South Island until early next week.



John Hetherington on 29/01/2020 9:40pm

Feeling drained by humidity and heat in Tauranga New Zealand, lack of sleep a major problem, walking by the sea the only relief, salty ozone air revival. They have it much worse in Aussie though, more smoke and dust coming our way, no clear skies for Astronomy. Have just downloaded your weatherwatch app. Your forecasts are so well thought out and easy for a ordinary mortal to grasp. We can see what we have coming with Climate change and its not nice at all.

WW Forecast Team on 29/01/2020 9:50pm

Hi there John, thanks for the thoughtful and supportive message – we really do appreciate it 🙂 We’re making improvements to our website in mid February (big investment made into it) and we’re upgrading our app further this year too. This humidity will be affecting Tauranga off and on until about the middle of next week – then hopefully a bit of a more refreshing changing. And yes, quite right about the smoke/dust – we’re very fortunate to be missing most of that.

All the best,
Phil D and the team

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