Following three days of record high temperatures in parts of Southland and Otago of New Zealand, finally, some relief in form of rain is expected to occur in the lower South Island locales today.
New Zealand’s southernmost tip, Invercargill beat a 100-year old record for its hottest day on Sunday, with the temperature mounting to 32.3°C. Similarly, Dunedin Airport also booked a new record for observing the highest temperature at 35°C yesterday.
However, as per the Met Department, the exceptional hot spell is set to end today, with scattered rains occurring and temperatures settling in the low 20s for Otago and Southland. Moreover, there are chances of storms in Southland as well.
The Met Department has already issued warnings up across Northland, Auckland, Taranaki, Nelson and Marlborough and in addition even at the scopes of Westland.
Flooding has already begun over the highest point of the South Island, and the Transport Agency cautioned drivers using State Highway 60 amongst Takaka and Collingwood to take additional care.
There are a considerable number of dry regions still around the country such as the northern parts of Westland, the seaside Buller zone and a few sections of Nelson and Taranaki.
Heavy rains are also expected over recently flood-hit Coromandel and Ms Murray.
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