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Tropics come to NZ…but high humidity almost over

Very little rain is falling across the country despite a front moving in from the Tasman and ex-tropical cyclone Rene nearby. 

In Auckland has updated its forecast to say conditions will be tropical but mostly dry with just the odd brief spit of rain.  Further north and Northland has only had a few brief coastal showers in the east.

Showers cover regions from Waikato to Central Plateau but the rest of the North Island remains dry.  It’s possible that a few showers will move in to southern places this afternoon.

It remains very humid in the north. reports that Auckland currently has a ‘feels like’ temperature of 34 degrees.

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Humidity across the Coromandel Peninsula remains around 93%.  A number of main centres in the North Island are on 26 and 27 degrees.  A strong northerly in Wellington has brought a high of 22 degrees with gales on the hilltops.

In the South Island rain is spreading across Canterbury and showers remain about Southland and the upper South Island.

Temperatures in the south are fairly low with Christchurch on 17, Timaru and Oamaru on 15 and Invercargill shivering on just 12 degrees.  Further inland in Southland in Lumsden it’s just 10.

Dunedin fairs a better with 18. predicts that tomorrow humidity will drop for most places with a cooler nights sleep on the way for the weekend.

The weekend looks sunny and settled almost everywhere as a large high moves in.


Derek on 18/02/2010 4:32am

Hi WW,
Here in Whangarei we have had steady drizzle to light rain just about all day nicely soaking into the ground. Temps were around 23 deg mark and 80%+ humidity, currently at home here of 89%.
Feels like being in a cloud right now with another bout of the same settling in.

Looking forward to the coming change as i am not, unlike my wife, a humidity fan, can put up with it but prefer not to have it.

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