It's a scorcher of a day

01:13, Dec 25 2012
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English backpackers, from left, Hannah Etim-Gorst, Lisa Pattison and Amy Coxhead on the beach in Queenstown on Christmas Day.

It's a scorcher of a day with temperatures in Invercargill hitting 31degC.

The south is definitely faring better today weatherwise as the Metservice forecasters report the lower North Island should brace for heavy rains and thunderstorms.

Northland and Auckland is experiencing rain and humidity which is expected to last until Thursday.

However, Santa appears to have brought rays of sunshine to the south.

Early today Invercargill was predicted to reach 28degC, but according to the H&J Smith Ltd weather clock it is sitting at 31degC.

Queenstown was to climb to 30degC and Dunedin 24degC.

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