South Islanders could be in for more scorching weather as a
high looks set to bring warm, dry conditions for the rest of
Temperatures reached the mid-30s yesterday as a heatwave
blanketed the South Island, bringing near record temperatures
to several areas including Otago and Southland, where highs
of 35degC were recorded.
More of the same for the south was possible, said
Weatherwatch.co.nz analyst Richard Green.
"That sort of heat is potentially in the wings again - that
could take place on one or two more occasions before the end
of summer," he said.
The hot air was moving across the Tasman from Australia where
residents have been battling fires as record temperatures
brought sweltering heat.
Most of New Zealand could expect warm settled weather until
the end of February - a distant memory from the wet, cold
conditions that plagued holidaymakers last summer, said Mr
By Wednesday, warm and windy conditions were likely for most
of the country, with temperatures in the mid to late 20s. A
ridge of high pressure moving over both sides the country at
the end of the week would deliver settled, warm weather for
Aucklanders and Northland residents however, may be affected
by more humidity with levels expected to rise next week, he
There was also good news for the rest of January and into
"Still, there's potential for some very hot temperatures but
moving up a bit - not just the south of the South Island."
Hot north westerly winds were likely to bring hot weather,
particularly to traditional hotspots and central and eastern
areas of the country such as Central Otago, Mackenzie
Country, central North Island and Gisborne.
"In comparing this summer and last this one is considerably
drier, sunnier and a little warmer."
The risk had dropped for Cyclone Freda, which struck the
Solomon Islands last month, to head towards New Zealand, said