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If you’ve been enjoying the hot, sunny, weather lately then you’re going to like this – more is on the way with no significant rain in the picture until at least mid-January for most of the country.  TRN’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says high pressure over New Zealand means rain bands are limited to the far south.  “Once a front is fired up from the southern ocean it meets the high over us… it’s just like trying to run in a swimming pool and in the end it just loses its puff”.   Duncan says a weak front will move up the South on Monday reaching lower and eastern North Island areas on Tuesday.  “It’ll bring some brief showers or rain but certainly nothing significant except for maybe Westland”.
Meanwhile regions north of Central Plateau will be in for a hot Friday.  “Temperatures will reach over 30 degrees in some Waikato towns with temperatures in the mid to late 20s further north.  However Hawkes Bay will be cooled by a gentle southerly following Thursday’s high of over 30 degrees”.
A low pressure system in the Coral Sea is continuing to stay put thanks to the large high over New Zealand.   Long range forecast models aren’t predicting much action with this low over the next week however it could drive in some strong winds and rain for the Queensland coast in Australia.  It’s worth keeping an eye on though, as soon as we lose the high over us it could zip down our way.
Meanwhile another low is expected to develop just south of Fiji this weekend and has the potential to become a Tropical Cyclone.  TRN’s Weather Watch Centre will keep you posted.
Looking Back
2007 was the 5th warmest year globalally since records began in 1880 – especially warm in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  
Another interesting fact is that 7 of the 8th warmest years on record, including 2007, have been recorded since 2001.



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