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Heatwave continues in New Zealand, no relief in sight

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The intense heat in New Zealand is showing no sign of easing as blisteringly hot temperatures are forecast in both the North and South islands.

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Wanaka broke temperature records over the weekend, getting to 35.2°C on Saturday - and MetService is forecasting 34°C for the town, Radio NZ reports.

Queenstown reached its third hottest ever recorded which was 31.9°C and Whangaparaoa reached 28.8°C, the highest January temperature since records began there in 1999.

The heatwave is set to continue for the first half of this coming week, with temperatures expected to be around the mid 30s for most of the South Island on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Alexandra is due to reach a sweltering 35°C today and Queenstown 31°C, while in Canterbury, 30°C is forecast for Ashburton.

In the north, Auckland will see 29°C and Palmerston North is due to get to 30°C.

A few areas will get early cloud cover today, but that will burn off in the afternoon.

Dr Tim McKay, deputy medical officer of health for the Southland DHB, told Morning Report people with significant medical conditions and older people may struggle.

School will be starting on what could be the hottest day, and Dr McKay said children should have access to plenty of water, and schools will hopefully have heat pumps they can use as air conditioners to cool down classrooms.

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