Potentially recording breaking temperatures are baking the South Island this afternoon under a ridge of high pressure. Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the mercury has reached into the mid-30s this afternoon. “In Timaru at 2pm it was 34 degrees, but a southerly has seen that drop 10 degrees in the past hour”.
Duncan says Central Otago is sweltering in the low to mid 30’s with 30 in Queenstown and 26 in Invercargill and Christchurch. Marlborough is also in the late 20’s, on 28, along with inland Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa.
Similar temperatures are expected tomorrow and possibly again on Friday – which means more bad news for drought stricken farmers.