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The Daily Debrief -SATURDAY

It was hot in the north,central and eastern areas today with plenty of sunshine.30-35 degree temperatures were recorded in many areas. 

The highest temperature today went to Culverden and Hanmer Springs on 35 and Nelson and Tauranga get a special mention, as neither city doesn’t often top the 30 degree mark, as they did today.

Canterbury continued to fry whereas the only centre in the whole country not to hit the 20s or 30s was Invercargill on 17 degrees.

Tonight should generally be a warm one across most of the country and then tomorrow, a cooler change moving in from the south, should gradually lower the temperatures over the next 24-36 hours, but more heat precedes the change.

Kaitaia : 26
Whangarei : 26
Auckland : 24
Tauranga : 30
Hamilton : 26
Whakatane : 25
Rotorua : 28
Tokoroa : 28
Taupo : 26
Gisborne : 28
New Plymouth : 24
Napier : 29
Hastings : 33
Wanganui : 26
Palmerston North : 26
Levin : 24
Kapiti : 24
Masterton : 33
Wellington : 27
Nelson : 30
Blenheim : 28
Westport : 23
Greymouth : 21
Hokitika : 21
Christchurch : 30
Timaru : 28
Oamaru : 25
Alexandra : 28
Queenstown : 25
Dunedin : 25
Invercargill : 17
Bay of Islands : 28
Murchison : 29
Kaikoura : 28
Culverden: 35
Ashburton : 33
Darfield : 32
Lyttelton : 27
Milford Sound : 20
Haast : 20
Gore : 20
Dunedin Airport : 24
Manapouri : 21
Lake Rotoiti : 30
Molesworth : 32


Guest on 31/01/2009 8:13am

Drove from Nelson to Chch today.
Very warm and sunny whole way up until around Amberley where it was cloudy. Everything is so dry.
Recorded 36 degrees somewhere (near Culverden I think, but this was with a car thermometer).
Nice not having Chch too hot.
Looking forward to a good soaking soon i hope!

WW Forecast Team on 31/01/2009 8:19am

Your car thermometer is pretty accurate as Culverden officially topped 35 as did Hamner Springs.It is certainly dry too.

Christchurch hit 30 late morning but cooled to 26 most of the afternoon with a sea breeze. Now a very pleasant 22. 

Jase on 31/01/2009 7:31am

Hottest Temp this month being 37 Degrees

And only 4mm of rain for the month

WW Forecast Team on 31/01/2009 8:35am

It was indeed officially 37 as the maximum for the month but 40s were topped unofficially on 2 or 3 occasions.

Whichever way you look at it, it was very hot in a number of areas and very dry too!


SW on 31/01/2009 6:03am

Apart from probably Greymouth perhaps New Plymouth,Auckland now must be one of the few to reach 30°c this summer.

Andrew on 31/01/2009 7:43am

Hey we topped 30c twice on my gauge twice on the 1st and 2nd January on the shore in Auckland….


Andrew on 31/01/2009 3:47am

Hi Guys it was around 26c & 27c all afternoon here and topped out at 27.3c
At the end of this month rainfall will say only 18mm. Wonder if we will see more rain in February???


WW Forecast Team on 31/01/2009 5:32am

Hi Andrew

I think there is a little more chance that we will(70% chance). The anticyclones may not be quite so dominant as low pressures may start to creep south, north of NZ.

Only time will tell and it looks like another warm one tomorrow.


Richard Green


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