Temperatures rocket to over 26deg

Last updated 05:00 17/12/2012
New Brighton beach
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

HOT HOT HOT: Beachgoers enjoy the warm weather at North New Brighton yesterday.

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Cantabrians basked in glorious summer weather at the weekend with temperatures reaching more than 26 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city.

Beaches were packed as thousands made the most of an idyllic run of weather from Friday to Sunday.

Papanui couple Margaret and Jack Thompson spent yesterday afternoon at Waimairi Beach where they enjoyed the "best swim of the season so far".

"This is our third swim for the summer and the first one was freezing, there was strong northwest winds and the second one wasn't too much better. This one was the best swim, it was just magic," Margaret Thompson said.

The couple said they love "nothing more than seeing Christchurch on a day like this".

"I don't remember having this many swims before Christmas in quite a while," Jack Thompson said. "Hopefully the weather stays this way."

Lifeguard Mark Robberds said there had been more than 1000 people on Waimairi Beach alone.

"It's been a pretty busy day. Our primary priority is to protect the people who swim between the flags and most people did that but there's always a group that don't."

Robberds said a handful of people had required help in the water but there had been "no serious incidents".

"It's great to see people having a good time and the weather has been fantastic too."

Ashburton was one of the hottest spots in the country yesterday, reaching over 26C. Hanmer Springs and Gisborne were the hottest, at 31C. Temperatures in Christchurch could reach 28C today, the MetService said.

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