The holiday scorchers are set to continue as many people in Manawatu head back to work.
Temperatures in the mid-to-high 20s are expected all week with little rain in sight, a "welcome change" from the unsettled weather of the past few weeks, according to MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett.
The mercury hit 27 degrees Celsius yesterday afternoon, after Monday's national high of 28C encouraged Palmerston North residents to hit the beach for Wellington Anniversary Day.
MetService forecaster Philippa Murdoch said it was set to be a fine, hot week with one high pressure system replacing another.
Wednesday and Thursday were shaping up nicely with fine sunny weather and 26- and 24-degree highs forecast.
Showers would develop on Friday morning but would clear by early afternoon and it would remain fine and hot throughout the weekend.
The weather would be dry, but not as dry as Auckland. The MetService is predicting Auckland will be rain-free until January 31.
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