Summer's on the way and this year, the heat is ramping up.
A preliminary forecast shows above-average temperatures for most of the country over summer, NIWA forecaster Chris Brandolino told the AM Show.
The reason we have high confidence it's going to be warmer than average temperatures, is the ocean temperatures are higher than average around New Zealand, and north-easterly winds.
The South Island will be on watch after October came in as one of the driest months on record.
Queenstown, Cromwell and Wanaka all received less than 6mm of rainfall, the second lowest for each in the past six decades at least.
For the North Island, this summer could bring more humid days than usual.
The official summer outlook will be released in one month.