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Hot week across New Zealand, some weekend relief

MetService News Release
28th January 2019


Hot week across New Zealand, some weekend relief

This summer is hot, and don’t we know it. Slip, slop, slap, the perennial slogan on the top of mind, always that timely reminder for kiwis to stay sun smart. And this is certainly a week to be mindful of te rā (the sun).

MetService are forecasting a hot week for most of the country, with temperatures set to soar into the thirties for many towns and cities.

Hot air moving over a warmed-up Tasman Sea from Australia is making for sticky days... and nights. MetService Meteorologist Tui McInnes provides some context, “as the air moves over the Tasman Sea, it stays warm,” McInnes adds, “combining this with calm and settled conditions due to a high over New Zealand, the sun is able to knock those temperatures up a few more degrees!”

“With hot temperatures and scorching sun, it is really important for people to be sun smart and stay safe,” McInnes urges, “keep hydrated and look out for vulnerable members of your community, and don’t forget about pets.”

Unfortunately, it isn’t just the days that are set to be hot, with overnight temperatures set to stay in the mid to high teens for most, but a few will see overnight minimums of around 21C.

Luckily, some respite will be on the way, with a relative cold change set into the weekend. Temperatures aren’t forecast to drop drastically, but expect warm temperatures rather than ‘hot’ for some relief from the sweltering heat wave that is expected to impact some regions.

keep hydrated, seek shade, wear
a hot, check on the young and
elderly

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