Weather: Soaring temperatures forecast for much of New Zealand

WeatherWatch's heat map forecasts temperatures soaring into the late 20s and early 30s.
WeatherWatch's heat map forecasts temperatures soaring into the late 20s and early 30s. Photo credit: Getty, WeatherWatch

Kiwis across the country should be bracing for sweltering temperatures as a string of hot days sweep the nation.

Weather forecasters say the coming week will bring temperatures in the 30s and a slew of fire bans.

Northland's dry conditions are expected to be exacerbated, with Whangarei forecast to reach 29C today and Kaitaia just behind on 28C.

Due to hot air flowing around high pressure, temperatures will be higher than normal, WeatherWatch says. It will also feel a lot warmer during the daytime.

There's also a chance a drought will increase as a result of warm temperatures and rain trends.

But a lot of New Zealand will feel the heat this week, with temperatures expected to reach the early 30s in some parts of the country, a MetService forecaster told Newshub.

"Overall, tomorrow's probably going to be hotter, where I'm expecting 33C in Blenheim, and 32C in Christchurch. Much of the North Island getting around 30C as well," Andre James says.

The heatwave comes with a number of warnings, including a total fire ban across the Auckland region and north Waikato starting from January 28 at 8am. Fire and Emergency NZ has also banned all fires in Canterbury.

There will be some relief for western parts of the country with showers forecast today, but it should remain dry elsewhere.

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