Weather: Soaring temperatures across New Zealand prompt fire risk warning

As New Zealand bakes in its mid-summer heat, firefighters are bracing themselves for another busy season.

Multiple areas across the South Island are set to hit more than 30degC on Wednesday, ranging from Timaru up to Blenheim.

The North Island doesn't get off lightly either, with Hastings expected to reach more than 30degC.

But while more time in the sun may seem fun to begin with, it's prompted a warning from Fire and Emergency New Zealand's Peter Gallagher.

"We always get hot weather around this time of the year but couple that with a little bit of wind, and we start to see those coastal areas dry out really quickly," he told Newshub.

"We're keeping an eye on Central Otago and right up that eastern plateau of the South Island, right through to Canterbury and Marlborough."

Firefighters have already had their hands full with massive blazes this summer including a New Year's Day scrub fire in Port Waikato, which was sparked by fireworks.

People who are starting fires are urged to check conditions online first at