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28 Jan 2019 | 11:33 AM UTC

New Zealand: Severe heatwave forecast January 28-February 1

New Zealand News Alert

Severe heatwave forecast January 28-February 1; temperatures forecast to reach 40°C (°F)

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/28/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION South Island


On Monday, January 28, a week-long heatwave has began in New Zealand, breaking temperature records across the country. Temperatures soared above 37°Celsius (98.6°F) in parts of the South Island, affecting deerly people in Dunedin, Wanaka, Christchurch. Temperatures are expected to peak on January 29-30 with nearly 40°C (014°F) expected.


According to weathers authorities, unusual warm sea temperatures are the major cause leading to the current heatwave in New Zealand.


Individuals in New Zealand are advised to follow local weather reports, stay well-hydrated (drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day and avoid alcohol), and avoid spending time in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day (generally from noon to 16:00). Be especially on guard against symptoms of dehydration or heat stroke in young children and seniors, as they are particularly vulnerable. Do not hesitate to contact emergency services if necessary. 


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