Above average temperatures but cold coming

It's another sunny warm day in the Bay of Plenty. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford


Are you finding the daytime temperatures warm? You're not alone.


This weekend is well above average temperature-wise in about 90 per cent of New Zealand, says a WeatherWatch spokesperson.

“The warm weather is due to the typical windy spring westerlies kicking in over the South Island and the lower half of the North Island.

“The winds have sub-tropical and Australian connections, which is why they are so much warmer than average.”

WeatherWatch forecast that places like Canterbury will climb into the mid-20s.

“If they go above 25 degrees we'll be seeing temperatures over 10 to 12 degrees above normal.”

Already Canterbury is at 25 degrees in some places according to the live observations network at WeatherWatch.  

“On Tuesday the next colder change arrives and will work slowly up the country in the days following. It's nothing like last week but there will be a temperature drop by day of over 10 degrees Celsius.

“For example, Gore's high on Monday is 20C, Tuesday's high is 10C. Dunedin's high on Monday is 18C, Tuesday's high is also 10C.  Alexandra has a high of 22 on Sunday and a high of 13C by Wednesday.

“Christchurch shifts from a high of 25 degrees today, Sunday and Monday - then a high of just +11C by Thursday.

Hamilton has a high of 23 on Monday and 16 by Thursday. Auckland has a high of 20 on Monday, 16 by Thursday with the cool change not so noticeable the further north in New Zealand you are based.”

On Monday Tauranga has a high forecast of 23, with highs of 17 later in the week.

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