Summer finally hits Canterbury with a 31-degree scorcher
Summer dealt most of Canterbury a sweltering day on Wednesday, breaking a mostly-cool start to the summer.
Christchurch registered 31 degrees, the second-hottest day of the summer for the city, pipped only by December 21, which reached 31.8 degrees.
The heat of the overcast day was fuelled by a hot nor'wester blowing into town, but some parts of Canterbury were left out in the cold.
The nor'wester didn't touch Timaru, which had a high of just 22 degrees.
Metservice meteorologist Hannah Moes said the westerly wind would persist.
"So we are looking at another few days of warm temperatures in the eastern South Island."
Thursday's high in Christchurch is expected to be 29 degrees, and the heat should persist through the weekend, with a high of 28 on Sunday.