Mercury rises in Manawatu
Think it's hot now? MetService reckons scorching temperatures across Manawatu could be even higher tomorrow.
As at 2pm today Palmerston North was the warmest place in the country with the mercury in the temperature gauge at Palmerston North Airport rising to 30.2 degrees Celsius.
Across the Tararua Range it's pretty warm too, with Masterton the second hottest place in the country on 29.2C.
MetService meteorologist John Law said it was likely that Thursday would be the hottest day of the week.
"No surprises, it will be a hot night tonight and it should reach at least 30 tomorrow if not a bit warmer. We're only talking say one or two degrees so it's not massive but that's still warm."
Mr Law said Friday would also be warm and muggy but a westerly change on Saturday would bring relief from the heat.
"There will be a bit of rain, just a few showers really and it should clear by nightfall.
"It's actually a bit of a blessing in disguise because the main effect it will have is dropping those temperatures at night."
Sunday through to Tuesday was shaping to be fine weather with westerly winds keeping temperatures in their mid 20s during the day and close to single figures overnight, Mr Law said.