Weekday wind on heels of a hot weekend

20:19, Jan 03 2013

After days of maddening wind and wild weather the country will heat up and calm down - at least until tomorrow night.

MetService chief forecaster Peter Kreft said the settled weather was due to a ridge of high pressure sitting across the country today.

"The weekend is likely to be warm just about everywhere.

"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 heat on the east coast is due to a "foehn" wind - where damp westerlies push across ranges like the Tararuas, losing moisture before heating up as they descend eastward. But the bluster is set to return tomorrow, and by Monday a southwest flow over the country is likely to cool the hot, settled pattern down, albeit 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," Mr Kreft said.

Wellington is likely to be affected by northwesterlies from tomorrow but temperatures should stay in the low 20s over the weekend.

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