January turns on the heat
Horowhenua is basking in a run of hot and dry weather predicted to last until early next week.
Tuesday was the hottest day this year in Horowhenua with a maximum temperature recorded in Levin of 29.6 degrees Celsius. This was just short of Christmas Day's 29.7C peak, the hottest for a December since records for the area began in 1985.
The second highest temperature this month was on Sunday, January 6, when it reached 29C and the third highest was this Monday at 26.7C.
National Climate Centre principal scientist Dr Andrew Tait said January and February are typically the hottest months, with the peak in maximum temperatures usually expected around now.
"So far this year there have been no records broken for Levin - but it's still warm enough for most people."
Dr Tait said sea breezes contributed to keeping temperatures cooler than they may be otherwise, which made the coast and its beaches even more of a drawcard.
Waitarere Beach Four Square owner Frank Taylor said most customers seemed to be enjoying the weather, with ice cream in cones proving very popular.
"Mind you, going to the beach and having an icecream in a cone goes hand in hand," he said.
Mr Taylor said milkshakes and softdrink-with-icecream spider drinks were also popular, and cider had made a big comeback.