Summer turns up the heat

Manawatu will bask under more than a week of hot, sunny skies as a high settles over the North Island.

Temperatures in Palmerston North will reach the mid-20s this weekend.

It's predicted to be even hotter next week.

"Get your sunglasses and your sunscreen ready, it's looking lovely," MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.

"It's a nice looking weekend to say ‘come on, kids, let's go to the beach'."

Temperatures reached 21 degrees Celsius yesterday and this weekend people could "add a couple of degrees each day to the temperature", he said.

Today's high was projected to be 24C with tomorrow expected to reach 26C. Days next week would be even warmer with temperatures at or above 28C predicted from Monday through until Sunday.

"If you look at our five or ten-day forecast you'd think we're run out of sun symbols," Mr Corbett said.

The extended stretch of fine, settled weather was thanks to a high sitting over the North Island.

While most weather systems made their way across the country the high had "thrown out the sandbags" and stalled over the North Island he said.

"The high more or less just sits in place."

The hot days would be accompanied by the odd cloud and light winds.

Manawatu Standard