The summer’s heat is intense across some parts of the North Island today as warmer air moves in from the Tasman Sea ahead of a cold front.
While the temperatures aren’t especially high the effect of clear skies, little wind and higher humidity means it’s feeling much warmer.
The hottest regions are Auckland and Waikato where it’s currently 26 degrees. The humidex reading says it ‘feels like’ 32 degrees. It’s likely to get even warmer over the next two to three hours.
Other hot spots include Gisborne and Hastings where it’s 25 degrees and Lower Hutt where it’s currently 24 – up 12 degrees from their high of just 12 last Saturday.
Manawatu is also on 24 degrees, with Wellington on 22 with a northerly developing.
But it’s a different story in the South Island where a cool easterly is keep a lid on temperatures. Kaikoura has 15 with Christchurch on 17.
The hottest South Island centres are all in Central Otago where it’s around the low to mid 20s this hour, with Westport also fairly warm on 21 and Milford Sound on 23.
on 19/01/2010 8:46am
I was wondering if you were able to tell me if New Zealand has had an anti cyclone this summer?
I’m sick of the wind, rain and cloud down south!
I just want some warm calm sunny days to enjoy before the cool weather comes along!
on 19/01/2010 8:56pm
It’s actually been quite some time since a high held firm over New Zealand…and I would find it hard to even find one anticyclone that brought calm weather to all of New Zealand for 24 hours this summer.
Maybe February will be the settled month!? (not looking likely though)
on 19/01/2010 4:09am
That’s great news cos we’re getting depressed reading the Auckland weather all the time and how sunny it is. It’s been down shite here! LOL
on 19/01/2010 1:34am
Any chance of a Chch forecast soon?
on 19/01/2010 2:18am
Hi Mel – we’re currently working on a way to fund it but yes we’re definitely wanting to get a Chch forecast up and running soon.
on 19/01/2010 12:58am
The 10 degrees for Akaroa is almost certainly wrong. There is no way it can be 17 in ChCh and 10 in Akaroa in basically easterly conditions. Are you citing the temperature for Le Bons Bay?
on 19/01/2010 1:16am
Apologies Simon, you’re right… the data was out of date and we have removed from the story.