The last days of sunshine
But still time for one last beach tripANGELA CUMING
Life can be unfair at times, especially when it comes to the weather.
As thousands of children and teens from across the Waikato lace up leather shoes and lug heavy backpacks to school today for the start of the school year, Hamilton will bask in a bright and sunny day with a top temperature of 29 degrees Celsius.
"I am sure they are sitting there in a hot classroom, looking out the window and thinking how horrible life is for them right now," says MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett.
But those confined to class can find solace in the 10-day forecast, Mr Corbett says, the MetService forecast for beach-friendly weather until Sunday.
"Both Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with a high of 27d, so they have that to look forward to," he says.
Tomorrow the temperature will dip slightly to 26C before climbing to 28C on Thursday and 27d on Friday.
But the forecast comes with a MetService warning to make the most of the sun while it lasts.
"Sadly the charmed life of weather Hamilton has been leading will unfairly come to an end on Monday when the big high over the country responsible for the heat and sun slowly starts to pack its bags back off to the east," Mr Corbett said.
"But Hamilton will be able to squeeze out one last nice weekend before it all comes to an end.
"It's definitely the weekend to head to Raglan if you want one last swim."
One downside of the hot weather has been sustained high water use in the Hamilton and Waikato districts with water restrictions being kept in place.
The areas are still on alert level two, means sprinklers and irrigations systems can only be used between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm on alternate days.
This means those with an even numbered street address can water between the restricted hours on even dates of the month only, with the same applying to those with an odd numbered street address.