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Summer settles in the south, strong winds in the north

Settled summer weather has finally arrived over the South Island and shortly Wellington following two months of cold, wet, weather for many of the main centres.

For the next several days a large high pressure system will lie over the South Island bringing light winds, mainly sunny skies, hot days and cool nights.

Wellington, which had the lowest national high yesterday of just 15 degrees, will start getting warmer as the southerlies die out.

But it’s a different story for northern New Zealand.  This week strong easterlies and a few showers or drizzle patches will continue until about Thursday.  Humidity levels should ease too, which will be a welcome relief for Aucklanders and Northlanders following two nights with temperatures around the 20 degree mark.

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