Weather: Sweltering hot start to 2022, with high temperatures forecast around NZ

New Zealand is set to swelter in scorching temperatures, as the mercury hits as high as 30C on the first day of 2022.

MetService said the country would greet the coming year with a warm welcome as temperatures push into the late 20s this weekend as a ridge of high pressure sits over Aotearoa.

Taumarunui will be one of the hottest places to be in the New Year, with daily maximum temperatures at or above 30C from tomorrow through until Wednesday.

Tauranga and Twizel are also set to hit 30C on New Year’s day, while many other locations will sit in the mid to late 20s for the first day of 2022.

Those in the holiday hotspots of Northland are set to start the New Year with a day of long, fine breaks, southerly breezes and a high of 26°C.

It’s a similar story in Auckland – where a mainly fine day is on the cards and a high of 25C.

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The Coromandel region will see some morning and evening cloud with light winds, but otherwise a fine New Year’s day.

Taupō – which was 24C today – is forecasted to jump to 28C tomorrow. Bar morning cloud in some areas, it will be a fine day in the central North Island town tomorrow.

It will be significantly hot in Queenstown on the first day of the New Year, with a high of 26Cand some morning cloud, light winds and afternoon southwesterlies.

The high temperature for Queenstown will continue for the first few days of 2022 before dipping to 22C on Wednesday.

The sun made a grand appearance for the last day of 2021. Kawerau was the warmest place in the country with 29C, Tauranga hit 27C, while most other places across Aotearoa reached at least 20°C.


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