The heatwave in the South Island is ending abuptly as the predicted cooler change sweeps in.
In the past hour Dunedin has tumbled from 29 degrees to 15 degrees.
The change in wind and drop in temperatures will be welcome news to those dealing with a wildfire at Saddle Hill. Some light rain is also falling.
It's a fairly hot afternoon for many in the east with the mercury hovering around the mid to late 20s for many areas, and even the low 30s for some.
Aussie's heatwave is affecting the eastern side of New Zealand for the second day in a row, in particular – yet again – it's Canterbury climbing into the late 20s and early 30s.
The heat eases over Thursday and Friday as a cooler sou'west change moves in – but this weekend more strong winds move back in, lifting temps for some.
Cantabrians can be forgiven for thinking they're already in the middle of summer after the region recorded record-breaking temperatures yesterday - with the heat continuing today.
Temperatures reached almost 30C in many parts of Christchurch - the hottest it's been in the city in early October since 1981.
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Temps surge in Christchurch
At 10am it was 23 degrees in Christchurch - already quite warm for an early October morning.
But in just the past 60 minutes it's soared to 27 degrees at the airport.
Private weather stations within the city, as of 11am, are showing highs in the late 20s, meaning 30 degrees is possible before 12noon.
Updated --- In the past hour the temperatures have soared in eastern parts of the South Island yet again as Australia's heat wave blows across New Zealand's with a brisk nor'wester.
As of 10:50am Christchurch was on 27 degrees, up from 23 degrees at the start of the hour.
Dunedin had jumped from 22 at 10am to 24 degrees by 10:30am.
Ashburton also has 26 degrees.
It's shaping up to be another windy one on Wednesday, with the strong northwest airflow still dominating our skies at the moment, while there's also rain on the horizon for parts of the South Island.
Northwesterly winds, right through from Southland to Cook Strait, will likely be strong - with gales at times, especially about inland areas.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A strong northwesterly airflow lies over the country on Wednesday, while a front moves onto the lower South Island in the mid to late afternoon, before heading north in the evening.
It's looking cloudy for the west of the South Island, with rain about South Westland from afternoon, then spreading northwards in the evening.<