Wellingtonians throwing off the duvet as hot nights continue in the capital

Aucklanders aren't the only ones sweltering through the hot nights, Wellington is also suffering the same fate when it's time to hit the sack. 

Tonight will be a treat for Wellingtonians, with the temperature at 17 degrees, the lowest it will be all week, as it climbs to 19 degrees from Saturday to next Tuesday. 

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"Wellingtonians can expect warm temperatures to continue with the forecast maximum temperature over the next ten days to be over 20C," said MetSerivce meteorologist Lisa Murray.

"Which is ten days above the mean maximum temperature for Wellington.

"Although temperatures will not be as hot as Sunday and Monday (which got to 27.6 degrees and 27.8 degrees respectively at Wellington Airport)," added Ms Murray.

"It will still feel warm and muggy around the Wellington region with temperatures ranging from 22 degrees to 25 degrees forecast for the city, even on days where wind and rain are expected".

According to Ms Murray, temperatures are averaging considerably warmer than last year, which was a degree below average for the whole month. They are currently tracking over one degree warmer than the long term average.

The highest temperature in Wellington in January last year was 24 degrees, while this year it reached 27.8 degrees. 

However, Wellington isn't the only region feeling the heat. MetService tweeted the high temperatures and expected humidity for this evening. 

MetService said in the tweet the sub tropical northeast flow will continue today, causing the humidity. 

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South Island to sweat it out again as scorching 30-plus temps continue, but relief in sight

There will be no respite from the sizzling weather across most of the country today, with the South Island again subjected to the worst of it.

With a total fire ban in Otago and Southland today, many of the South Island locations which broke 30 degrees yesterday will face the same heat today.

After recording its hottest day on record on Sunday, Invercargill is again forecast to exceed 30 degrees, along with Alexandra, Timaru, Gore and a variety of other South Island locations.

Both Wellington and Auckland are set to reach a moderate 25 degrees, with the capital dropping slightly from yesterday's steamy 27.8 degrees.

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But Auckland may be in for a few showers despite the heat today.

Coastal cities across the county will also have to battle high relative humidity levels, around 60 to 70 per cent, but inland locations will be dry.

Other cities scorched by the sun yesterday were Dunedin, where at the airport it peaked at 33.9 degrees - which was the fourth highest temperature on record for the city.

Dunedin is again in for a hot one today, forecast for 28 degrees - however there is the possibility of an afternoon shower.

Alexandra, Wanaka and Lower Hutt all eclipsed 30 degrees yesterday too, with some rural areas of Otago breaking 35 degrees.

Queenstown is today set for a high of 27 degrees, but it will be a dry heat.

The North Island today will generally be more mild, with Tauranga hitting a high of 23 degrees with a few showers, and Hamilton a fine day with a high of 24 degrees.

Much of the county is set for rain and windy weather from tomorrow.

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The sun. Source: istock.com