Summer set to stay for working week

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 08:18 21/01/2013
Abigail Hepburn and Abigail Bishop
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COOLING OFF: Abigail Hepburn and Abigail Bishop enjoy the Waimairi Junior Surf Life Saving Carnival at Waimairi Beach.

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The soaring temperatures which hit Christchurch over the weekend are set to continue this week.

MetService duty forecaster Philippa Murdoch said a ridge was building over most of the country, bringing clear skies and warm weather to Christchurch.

"It's going to be fine today. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be warm and sunny with some cloudy periods developing tomorrow evening," she said.

"Today we're expecting a high of 19 degrees, but tomorrow a high of 26 and a high of 29 degrees on Wednesday".

However, the weather would take a turn on Thursday with a period of rain. "It will cool off a little bit and we are forecasting some showers."

Murdoch was hopeful the wet spell would be over before next weekend. "It's a little harder to forecast that far away, but at this stage it is looking like it will clear."

The balmy weekend weather saw thousands at Christchurch beaches.

Met Service forecaster Ian Gall said some parts of the city exceeded 30 degrees on Saturday and yesterday the mercury rose to about 25C.

Winds reached about 65 kilometres per hour on Saturday, strong enough to be noticed but not strong enough to cause damage.

A Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving spokeswoman said it had been "an awesome weekend". At its busiest, more than 1500 people were on the beach.

"The weather has been great and the water is safe and lovely."

Surf Life Saving New Zealand club development officer Jacob Davies said there were four rescues on Canterbury beaches over the weekend - "nothing serious".

"Just people getting into a bit of trouble and that sort of thing."

He said the peak head count on the beaches was more than 3500.

"It's been a really busy weekend and you would expect that because of the weather."

Surf Life Saving also held two competitions this weekend, one for juniors at Waimairi Beach on Saturday and one for seniors at Taylors Mistake yesterday, Davies said.

"We had about 250 juniors . . . and about 65 seniors. They have to do all sorts of things such as board races, swimming races, team work and beach flag work too."

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