Cantabs flock to beaches as mercury rises

03:05, Jan 20 2013

Thousands of Cantabrians flocked to the beach this weekend as temperatures soared past 30 degrees Celsius. 

Met Service forecaster Ian Gall said some parts of the city exceeded 30 degrees on Saturday and today saw the mercury rise to about 25. 

''It's looking like another nice week in Christchurch. It should be fine with northeast winds until late Wednesday when you might see some showers with a southerly change.''

The brief cooler snap would clear by Friday, he said. 

Winds reached about 66 kilometres per hour on Saturday, strong enough to be noticed but not strong enough to cause damage.

A spokeswoman from Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving said it had been ''an awesome weekend''.

''The weather has been great and the water is safe and lovely,'' she said. 

At its busiest, more than 1500 people were on the beach, she said. 

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