Hot sum­mer pre­dicted

Whangarei Report - - NEWS / OPINION -

Weather ex­perts are pre­dict­ing an­other scorch­ing sum­mer for North­land, with tem­per­a­tures set to hover in the mid to late 20s, and pos­si­bly into the 30s.

The first wave of that “sum­mer feel” was ex­pected to ar­rive this week when winds get dragged down from Aus­tralia and help warm ocean tem­per­a­tures.

A sea­sonal cli­mate out­look for No­vem­ber to Jan­uary re­leased by Niwa pre­dicts the tem­per­a­ture and soil mois­ture in North­land to be near or above av­er­age and rain­fall to be below or near nor­mal. Niwa me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ben Noll said this No­vem­ber was shap­ing up to be as warm as the last sum­mer — the warm­est sum­mer on record in New Zealand.

“The flip side is rain­fall pro­jec­tions and the soil on the east coast of North­land will be drier than nor­mal which won’t be good for agri­cul­ture. How­ever, there are chances of heavy rain­fall in the sec­ond half of No­vem­ber,” Noll said.

Farm­ers, he said, should plan for a drier and warmer than nor­mal weather as less rain and higher tem­per­a­tures were pre­dicted for De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. Ocean tem­per­a­tures, he said, would likely in­crease be­tween 2C and 4C. “If you are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the nice weather by go­ing out fish­ing or swim­ming, make sure you put on the sun­screen as the UV (ul­tra­vi­o­let) in­dex will be higher, even on cloudy days.”

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