New Zealand’s spring and summer months could break some long-standing records. This warning comes from Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll says El Niño conditions will rapidly shift weather patterns in the coming weeks and months. He says we could see our first records fall as early as late September. He says in the last 10 days of the month, NZ will have air masses coming across the Tasman from the deserts of Australia and when they reach New Zealand and cross the Southern Alps into the Canterbury region, Otago, Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and Wairarapa, they warm up and dry out big time. This will only mark the start of what could be a summer very different from the recent ones we’ve experienced. The last couple of summers, there’s been a lack of 35C – plus temperatures, but Ben Noll thinks that streak is going to end. He thinks this summer, we could be reaching 36, 37, 38 or maybe even 39C later in 2023 and early 2024 when the hot and dry air masses transit the Tasman Sea from Australia.