The warm settled weather looks set to continue for most of
the country as children prepare to go back to school.
The weeks ahead were likely to be characterised by dry
conditions and warm temperatures, said Weatherwatch.co.nz
weather analyst Richard Green.
"It's looking pretty good overall. Especially much of the
Northern North Island - Northland, Auckland, Waikato looking
settled - so great for the kids to get outdoors this week and
do their thing. Temperature-wise, it's slightly above
average," he said.
A front expected to move across the country when primary
school-aged children return to school next week could be a
"wee hiccup", bringing cloud and showers to the West Coast.
However, overall, the news was good for most parts of the
The unsettled conditions that characterised December were
finished as the country moved into mid-summer, with areas of
high pressure moving over the country, were delivering
regular sunshine, Mr Green said.
"It's looking good even as we move into February. Looking
generally settled and a mild to warm month for many areas."
Dry conditions in the coming weeks were the main concern for
parched eastern and northern areas, said Mr Green.
In Christchurch temperatures were expected to reach 30
degrees on Wednesday - after eight days already this summer
where the mercury has hit 30C or more, most recently on
In Auckland, humidity levels were likely to be average or
below average for the rest of the summer.
- Abby Gillies of APNZ