Two different wind flows across the country are creating an wide range in temperatures from Northland to Southland this afternoon.
Around Auckland a blustery north easterly has seen temperatures fall from 15 to 14 degrees in the past hour. It’s 13 at Whangaparaoa. The wind, coming straight off the sea, is cold meaning it feels more like like 10 or 11 in exposed places.
Last hour it was 13 in Whakatane with the warming effect of the Kaimai Ranges lifting temperatures to 17 degrees in Paeroa. This hour Whakatane has gone up 1 while Paeroa has dropped 1.
Further south and lighter winds have helped boost temperatures inland across Hawkes Bay with 17 in Hastings last hour (now 16) but 14 on the coast in Napier and further north in Gisborne it’s 15.
The warmest centre across New Zealand was Wanganui on 18 degrees last hour thanks to the northerly warming up over land however in the past hour a southerly has moved in and the temperature has fallen to 15.
A northerly in Palmerston North means it’s 17 degrees there with 16s right down to Lower Hutt, 14 in Wellington.
Conditions are much cooler in the South Island with 8 in Kaikoura, 9 in Christchurch, Timaru and Oamaru with 7 in Akaroa. Dunedin has 10 and Invercargill 8. A light southerly flow across the South Island is the reason for the low temperatures in the south and east of the South Island while it’s 12 to 15 degrees along the West Coast.