Weather: Warm temperatures to continue for a few more weeks

Weather: Warm temperatures to continue for a few more weeks
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Don't want summer to end? Don't worry - the warm temperatures across most of the country aren't going anywhere just yet.

The latest WeatherWatch forecast predicts a "belt of high pressure" will keep rainmakers away, a change of pace after a barrage of tropical cyclones which started 2018.

The highs will encourage another week or two of "mainly dry weather around New Zealand", WeatherWatch says.

"On a yearly average point of view, [it] is a helpful breather after the extra wet weather in the second half of summer."

A series of tropical lows are forming at the moment but should stay well north of the country, apart from the occasional shower or patchy rain.

However, the West Coast in the South Island might not be so lucky weather-wise. WeatherWatch says the tropical low may penetrate through, and the region can expect "westerly winds bringing rain".

Hawke's Bay enjoyed 30-degC days over the weekend, 8degC higher than usual for this time of year.

But there's a catch - WeatherWatch warns the warm temperatures could extend this year's tropical cyclone season into the start of May.

On Wednesday Auckland has a high of 25degc with showers, Wellington could reach 20degC, Christchurch has an overcast high of 24degC and down south Dunedin could reach 23degC.

With winter fast approaching, it could quite literally be the calm before the storm. A cold snap in the mountains mid-next week could be closely followed by more high pressure systems.