Summer’s heat is certainly being felt this afternoon across the country as temperatures jump over 30 degrees. Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says it’s especially warm in the north. “Both Auckland and Waikato are currently recording temperatures of 34 degrees with the humidex” (which measures air temp + humidity…or the ‘feels like’ temperature). Lower parts of the North Island are also sweltering with parts of Horowhenua and Manawatu on 30 and temperatures in the upper 20s in Southland. A slightly cooler easterly is keeping temperatures in the low to mid 20s up the country’s east coast.
And northern regions are going to especially feel the warmth over the next few days. “As the predicted sub tropical low approaches humidity will increase, so the air will feel thicker and small things like walking outside will become more uncomfortable”.