Warm weather to continue this week

Wellingtonians make most of summer spell

Last updated 17:00 14/01/2014
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GOOD DAY FOR IT: Anna Muru Paenga of Fergs Kayaks, left, and Caroline Webb use stand-up paddle boards in Wellington harbour. On the kayak is Ollie Reid. All three are wearing personal floatation devices. Ms Paenga is wearing an inflatable waist belt, Ms Webb is wearing a life jacket, and Mr Reid has a racing hi-vis jacket.

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Blue skies and sunny weather will have those back at work this week gazing wistfully out of windows until at least Thursday.

Metservice says a dry air mass moving across the country will keep the sun shining over the North Island until a southerly change late in the week.

Wellingtonians made the most of the sunshine yesterday, taking to parks and the waterfront to soak up the rays.

The highest temperature recorded in the region was in Wainuiomata, which saw 24.5degC this afternoon. It was 22.5degC in Lower Hutt at 4pm, and reached around 20degC in the city itself.

Otaki saw temperatures of 21degC, while Paraparaumu peaked at 20degC.

Metservice duty forecaster Mike O'Connor said rain was likely to set in late Thursday, with Friday looking a little murky and the sun pushing through the clouds again on Saturday.

"Up until then, we're going to have some pretty nice weather. We're in a really sort of dry air mass at the moment, with a high in the Tasman just pushing onto us."

The Wellington City Council's Summer City events are continuing.

One of the highlights is Garden's Magic, featuring 25 performances from local legends and rising stars at the Botanic Gardens nightly at 8pm until January 26.

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