The latest weekly Fire Danger Forecast has just been produced. This warns of Very High and Extreme fire dangers in many areas of NZ during the coming week.
Extended periods of very hot and dry weather over the past two weeks have created dry soils in many parts of the country. Soil moisture deficits are now found in the Far North, Auckland, Whanganui/Manawatu and Wairarapa regions in the north, and Nelson/Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury (north and south) and Otago (Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago) regions in the south. Drought Code (DC) values are also building in many locations, indicating that medium and heavy vegetation fuels are drying out. This past week, the hot, dry and windy weather elevated the fire danger into High for the Far North, Bay of Plenty and the Wairarapa regions. Many northern and eastern locations in the South Island also experienced Very High and Extreme fire dangers.
Cooler temperatures and rain forecast over the weekend from the southerly change moving up the country will offer a brief respite for some areas. However, next week the fire danger will climb back up due to high temperatures (high 20s), strong winds (20 – 50 km/h), and the underlying dry conditions. The forecast for Monday to Wednesday includes: • Very High to Extreme forest fire danger for Wairarapa on Tuesday;
• High to Very High forest fire danger for parts of Kaipara & Whangarei on Monday and Tuesday;
• High to Very High forest fire danger for Gisborne and Hastings on Wednesday;
• High to Extreme forest fire danger for Nelson and Marlborough on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday;
• Very High to Extreme forest fire danger for North and Central Canterbury (Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn) on Monday and Tuesday;
• High to Very High forest fire danger for South Canterbury (Ashburton, Timaru & Mackenzie) on Wednesday.
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