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Hot enough for ya?

Tar-melting, swelteringly hot but not our hottest.

The district’s official maximum temperature recorded by MetService at Gisborne Airport yesterday was 35 degrees between 2pm and 3pm.

However, around the city, private gauges, including several in the shade at Makaraka, had readings of around 37.

Reports of the mercury topping the 40-degree mark came from several inland locations — from people working in the bush, and in enclosed valleys such as down Riverside Road.

A Facebook post by a shearer at Tangihanga Station at Waituhi said it was 42 degrees in the wool shed at lunchtime.

One saving grace for those laid low by the heat was that humidity levels stayed low at around 38 percent mid-afternoon.

While yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, as recently as January last year was hotter.

The maximum January temperature for Gisborne in 2020 was 37.1 degrees recorded on the 31st.

The all-time record for January was set on the 11th in 1979 when the red line reached an official 38.1.

However, it has been hotter than yesterday several times in recent years.

On February 2, 2011, Gisborne sweated through a 36.3-degree day, while January 7, 1999, was also a sticky one at 36.8.

One of the worst aspects of yesterday’s sizzler was the heat lasting through the night, making sleep nigh-on impossible for some.

At 10pm it was still 25 degrees and did not go below 20 all night, dropping to a “low” of 21.2 at 5am.

In good news for those seeking the beach for relief, the water temperature has reached a comfortable 20 degrees.

But the downside of being outdoors are the extreme ultraviolet levels being pumped out by the sun.

Yesterday’s scorcher saw the UVI (ultraviolet index) hit 13.2 at 1.30pm — meaning light or fair skin types burn within 15 minutes.

Another warm one was expected today with a forecast high of 33 degrees .

And for those looking for some rain, MetService offers the possibility of showers tomorrow and Saturday when the temperature is predicted to reach a high of 19 and 18 respectively over the two days. — RH

LAST OUT OF THE WATER’S AN EGG: But it was not long before these likely lads were back in the ocean on a day when the temperature hit 35 degrees and even higher in inland areas. Picture by Liam Clayton
WELCOME SHADE: Protecting themselves from the blazing sun yesterday at Waikanae Beach are Coromandel holidaymakers (from left) Tamzin Valois, 11, Kat Valois, Brelle Maxson, 8, Benji Moxson, 10, and Narelle Price. Picture by Liam Clayton
HER HAPPY PLACE: Elsie Jones rides a wave on her body board. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell
SUMMER SCORCHER: Tom Briant, 5 (left), Max Egan, 8, Harry Briant, 7, and Reuben Walsh, 8, cool off at Waikanae Beach yesterday as the mercury hit a high of 35 degrees — Gisborne’s hottest day of the year so far. The temperature was expected to be only slightly cooler today with MetService forecasting a high of 33. Picture by Liam Clayton
THREE’S COMPANY: Rora Richardson with her dogs Tutuu and Subee.Picture by Rebecca Grunwell