Aucklanders swelter as temperature soars
Page 1 of 2 ..... 4:00AM Friday Feb 13, 2009
By Elizabeth Binning


Aucklanders did their best to cool down - either by staying indoors with the airconditioning working overtime or taking to the beach and pools for a refreshing dip. Photo / Getty Images

Auckland sweltered yesterday in the hottest temperature in more than 130 years - straight after a record-warmest night.

MetService records show the mercury hit 32.4C at Whenuapai Air Base about 3.30pm, equalling the previous hottest day, recorded at the Auckland Domain in February 1872.

WeatherWatch.co.nz's thermometer went one better, recording an unofficial 34C in West Auckland - a temperature that was fuelled by a hot nor'wester.

WeatherWatch head weather analyst Philip Duncan said although the humidity in Auckland was lower yesterday than on other days, the intense heat and sunnier skies meant it felt more like 38C.

That temperature followed the highest overnight low for February since records on that began in 1961. The temperature did not drop below 22.1C between Wednesday evening and yesterday morning.

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