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Summer’s heat covers the North Island, but not the South

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.


Guest on 19/01/2010 8:46am

Hi weatherwatch

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!

WW Forecast Team 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)

Philip Duncan

Tina 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

Tina 😉

Mel on 19/01/2010 1:34am

Hi Guys

Any chance of a Chch forecast soon?


WW Forecast Team 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. 


Simon B 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?

WW Forecast Team on 19/01/2010 1:16am

Apologies Simon, you’re right… the data was out of date and we have removed from the story.


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