Whangārei has recorded its hottest ever temperature, reaching 33.5 degrees Celsius today, Tuesday.
The recording was made at Whangārei Airport, about 8km outside the city.
It was a "significant increase" on the city's previous record of 31.8C, MetService said. This is a well-known effect of drought. That highlighted "the effect that rapid heating of parched soils has on temperatures", the forecaster said. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) previously said a "severe meteorological" drought had emerged in Northland.
The dry conditions were set to continue until at least the second half of February, meteorologist Maria Augutis said.
"Around that time areas in Northland may start to experience some showers."
Meanwhile a month's worth of rain has fallen in the South Island in the past two days and it is on Red Alert for the first time. Helicopters are being used to rescue people from huts on the various trails.
Luckily, here the temperature should ease to the mid 20's tomorrow.