Beach weather beckons all week
Cantabrians can look forward to one of the hottest weeks of the summer, with forecasters predicting warm and dry weather until at least Friday.
MetService has predicted maximum temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius today, 28C tomorrow, 21C on Wednesday, 23C on Thursday and 26C degrees on Friday.
Duty forecaster Mike O'Connor said there would be some cloud and wind, but overall "warm and dry" summed up the week.
Today, in particular, would be "really hot and dry" as a norwest wind blew across the South Island.
Friday could be "a bit iffy", despite the predicted high, with clouds and light showers predicted.
Christchurch's school-aged forecaster, year 13 student Josh Oliver, said the expected temperatures showed "summer does still exist".
A hot period was on the way, he said yesterday based on the latest information.
The weather would culminate in temperatures into the 30s towards the end of the week.
His optimistic forecast, posted yesterday on his Canterbury Weather Updates website, was for a high of 34C on Friday.
Oliver works out the forecasts himself using data freely available from the Air Resources Laboratory in the United States.
His site now has more than 35,000 likes.