Very high temperatures are in place over parts of the country this afternoon, especially over the south.
36 degrees was recorded in Rangiora at midday, 39 in Oxford and yesterday Dr Jim Salinger thought 40 degrees could be topped in eastern areas however he has since taken that back.
WeatherWatch.co.nz has maintained that temperatures would remain in the low to mid thirties with an oustide chance of going slightly higher.
“It is very hot today in Canterbury” says Weather Analyst Richard Green “and with little wind in places it seems even hotter. This week the nor’ easter has kept it relatively pleasant but today it’s a different story under cloudless skies and light breezes” he said.
The main centres in the north aren’t recording anything out of the ordinary but the southern cities are certainly cooking.
Dunedin Airport 28
Tomorrow looks like another hot day is expected for eastern areas with the high 20’s and low 30s again being achieved relatively easily.
on 31/01/2013 3:04am
I’ll bet that 39C reading wouldn’t survive a proper audit of the equipment exposure.
on 31/01/2013 4:45am
Here in West Eyreton 10ks SE of oxford it got to 37C so there is a good chance that it actually did hit 39C up there
on 31/01/2013 6:00pm
I’ve found 2 online personal weather-stations in Oxford that are less than 2 km apart. One has a semi-professional WS, which recorded 30.6C on Thursday, while the other recorded 35.7C. I’m guessing the latter has been tacked to the side of a house or something.
on 31/01/2013 2:59am
In Oxford and we’re definitely cooking here
on 31/01/2013 2:47am
It is certainly more than 23 in Hamilton today as it has been all week