Heat and calm after the storm

MATT STEWART
Last updated 13:29 03/01/2013

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Wellington Weather

The simple joy of basking in the autumn sun Weather warning for Wellington End of the Indian summer Cyclone may pass over Wellington Tropical storm to end golden weather Harsh storm hammers capital Hot days, muggy evenings continue Summer arrives 'at last' Stunning weather to stick around Really, this is summer?

After days of wild weather around the country, the East Coast is set for a couple of scorching, fine days through to the weekend.

MetService chief forecaster Peter Kreft said the rest of the country would also get a dose of settled, warm weather in the next two days until westerly winds returned on Saturday.

A ridge of high pressure will sit across the country today and tomorrow but the bluster would return by Saturday.

"The weekend is likely to be warm just about everywhere,'' Mr Kreft said.

"However, in the east of both islands hot might be a better word, with afternoon temperatures expected to be around the 30-degree mark - and possibly higher - on Saturday and in some places again on Sunday."

The hot weather hitting the east coast is due to a foehn wind - where moist westerlies push across ranges like the Tararuas, losing moisture as precipitation and heating up as they descend.

But a southwest flow over the country on Monday is likely to cool the pattern down briefly.

"Beyond Monday, it looks as though the westerlies will continue for a few days. This may again push daytime temperatures in eastern places into the high 20s."

Wellington is likely to be affected by nor'wester winds from Saturday but temperatures should remain in the low 20s over the weekend.

Contact Matt Stewart
Weather, science and environment reporter
Email: matt.stewart@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @smatape

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