Summer’s early start is being felt right across New Zealand with thermometers reaching levels last seen back in Summer. TRN’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says temperatures of over 30 degrees are being felt in the South Island. “Otago, Central Otago and Marlborough all have between 29 and 31 degrees at the moment and Gore and Wanaka on 25”.
In the North Island Hawke’s Bay has 25 degrees while a number of places, including Auckland city, are reaching around 22.
Philip Duncan says it’s all thanks to a large high over New Zealand. “Clear skies, light winds and plenty of hot pre-summer sun are the reasons it’s so hot today. Similar weather is likely tomorrow and through the weekend in many areas”.
Duncan says the hottest place is Dunedin while the coolest part of the country is the Kapiti Coast with temperatures around the 15 to 17 degree mark.
“Even more proof that Summer has arrived early this year. Probably not a bad idea to start to conserve water a bit now as it’s unclear when the next significant rain band will pass over”.