Ten day run of sun continues

Last updated 14:39 28/01/2013
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RUN OF SUN: MetService's forecast for the next 10 days.

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Sunscreen and air-conditioning will remain at the ready for the next week as hot summer conditions continue in Manawatu.

Forecasters believe the 10-day run of sun will be achieved, but there is now, prepare yourself, rain, see above, in the long range forecast for early next week.

"Everything does come to an end unfortunately, and eventually surrounding lows will start nibbling away at the edges of the high that's been stuck over the country," forecaster Daniel Corbett said today.

Temperatures for Palmerston North will hover between 28 and 30 degrees C for the next week, and it will continue to be warm even as scheduled rain arrives next Monday.

It was "extremely rare" for New Zealand to get 10 days of hot and settled weather anywhere in in the country, Corbett said.

But two weather systems sitting at the southeast and northwest of New Zealand would begin eating away at the current high.

"We've been lucky, because the current system has been stuck in exactly the right place," Corbett said.

"It's sitting just south of Wellington and east of Christchurch.

"Last year, a high got stuck just north of New Zealand but it was just too high to get the good effects, and we were left with a lot of rain.

"Once this fine period ends, it could be a little unsettled and then we could see a few more fine days through the end of summer, but it's unlikely we'd get 10 days in a row again."

However, the weather isn't pleasing everyone, with severe drought conditions in many rural areas, particularly in the deep-south and central inland areas, where residents and farmers were feeling the heat worse than other places.

Wanaka scored yesterday's high of 31 degrees Celsius, and Alexandra was forecast to reach 32C today. The capital could expect 26C, while Auckland was headed for 25C, Hamilton 28C, Christchurch 27C and Dunedin 22C.

Firefighters and the Defence Force have been battling scrub fires around Christchurch for the past week, which have ignited in tinder dry conditions and destroyed bush, plantations and property.

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- Manawatu Standard

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