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Whew, it was a hot one!!

The stats on today’s hot weather!

The 3 ingredients that make 40 degree temperatures over the nation haven’t all come together at the same time meaning no record breaking temperatures today however parts of New Zealand reached the mid to late 30s.

As we predicted yesterday northern Canterbury was the hottest part of the country – Culverden made it to 38 degrees, with 36 in Hamner Springs. Parts of inland Marlborough also reached 36,

In Northland temperatures officially reached 31 degrees this afternoon in Kaitaia, 30 in Kaikohe.

In Auckland the official high was 29 degrees, recorded at Whenuapai airbase, however temperatures in the low 30s were recorded within the city. “The humidex, which measures heat plus humidity to give a more accurate description of how the heat feels, was at 35 degrees in Auckland at 4pm” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

A a number of northern North Island regions such as Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Gisborne reached 30 too along with similar humidity levels. “Most places north and east of Taupo felt like it was around the mid 30s today according to the humidex – some would’ve felt closer to 40”.

Southern Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa recorded air temperatures in the low to mid 30s with Masterton reaching 34.

In the South Island and a number of places cracked the 30 degree mark. Earlier this afternoon Oamaru jumped 10 degrees in just 10 minutes – from 23 to 33 as the hot nor’wester kicked in. At it’s peak Oamaru climbed to 34.

The nor’wester also lifted Dunedin and Timaru to the 33 degree mark however just up the road the predicted heat didn’t make it to Christchurch. “High cloud and a cooler north easterly breeze kept temperatures in the mid 20s for Christchurch. As we said yesterday we needed all 3 ingredients to come together at the same time to push temperatures to 40 – wind direction, clear skies and hot air. We had the hot air but certainly didn’t have the wind direction for this part of Canterbury” says Mr Duncan. “Further north and inland it was a very different story with temperatures 12 degrees higher than Christchurch”.

Despite thick cloud over Southland the thermometer climbed into the late 20s with a roaring nor’westerly that reached 100km/h at times in Gore. On exposed parts of Stewart Island gusts were recorded at 160km/h.

Smoke from the Australian bush fires has also had an impact on the South Island with a thick orange haze in the sky being reported to


Rachael on 8/02/2009 9:58pm

Any chance of doing temperature updates today as well?

Christchurch was 25 at 7am (hotter than it got yesterday!!) It is now reading as 31 at 10am by Metservice.

WW Forecast Team on 9/02/2009 12:20am

Hi Rachael,

We’ll be updating the temps before 2pm so check back then!



JohnGaul on 8/02/2009 10:22am

Well it wasn’t the hot one as expected here at West Melton with the mercury only climbing to 29.1C just after 6pm. Persistent Ne here all day. The smoke from the Victoria bushfires even lowered the temperature for a while this afternoon as it covered the sky with a smokey orangey grey colour making the sun look orange.
Should be a hot here tomorrow, however, before the southerly arrives with an onslaught of colder weather which should persist into next week.
….by the way, amazing to see Oamaru on 30C at 10pm this evening.


WW Forecast Team on 8/02/2009 5:22pm

Hi John

It was an odd day around Christchurch yesterday regarding the temps.

Overnight though and the temps have been high . 30 degrees at Le Bons bay at 5am and 26 in Chch, 28 in Timaru and 26 in Oamaru too. A hot morning ahead in this part of the world before that cooler change.



Guest on 8/02/2009 8:17am

Well with all this sun in Tauranga, we have all but forgotten what rain is like….

But I see that the metservice says rain late monday to tuesday. How much rain do you think we will get, and what kind of rain, heavy light???

Just asking as its been a long between storms…..

thanks for any information..

PS loving the updates

Brendan Pratt

WW Forecast Team on 8/02/2009 8:44am

Hi Brendan – thanks very much for the feedback. 

Today was crazy but exciting too!

If we had forecasts for Tauranga (which we hope to have one day!) I’d say rain will set in tomorrow night – with some heavy falls possiible…may even be a rumble of thunder.   I think the heavy falls will be isolated though.  Will have a much better idea tomorrow (Monday) and will probably have a story up in the afternoon with our most up to date ideas on the rain.


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