Sunshine and Santa prove popular

Thousands bask in the sun for festive parade

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 15:58 02/12/2012
Santa Parade
DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ
READY TO GO: The crowd gathers along Riccarton Rd, prepared for the warm weather and waiting for the Santa Parade to begin.

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Sunshine and Santa are proving popular with Christchurch residents, as a burst of warm weather provides the perfect backdrop to the city's annual Christmas parade.

The second day of summer has brought some welcome warmth to Christchurch, with the city posting the nationwide high for today.

MetService duty forecaster Nicole Ranger said Christchurch had recorded a high of 29.3 degrees Celsius.

Ranger said temperatures would drop over the rest of the week, but would likely remain in the mid-20s until a period of rainfall on Thursday and Friday.

Blue Skies forecaster Tony Trewinnard said he believed today was the hottest day since March 2010.

The sunny weather set the scene for Christchurch's annual Santa Parade, with tens of thousands packing Riccarton Rd for a view of the floats.

The route was used for only the second time, after the city's earthquakes forced the traditional Colombo St route out of commission.

Special guests this year included the New Zealand Army Band and Paralympic "golden girl" Sophie Pascoe.

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