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Te Karaka sets North Island weather record, hitting 40 degrees

It was a scorcher!

Te Karaka set a North Island weather record yesterday — in the 15-year history of WeatherWatch.co.nz — when the temperature hit 40 degrees at 4pm.

WeatherWatch said Monday was the first time it had “not only forecast but reported a verified temperature of 40 degrees in the North Island”.

“Historically 40 degree-plus temperatures affect the eastern South Island.

“However a heatwave from Australia pushed hot air over the North Island yesterday.

WeatherWatch said Te Karaka recorded 38 degrees at 5pm and 37 degrees at 6pm.

Last week WeatherWatch predicted temperatures would peak on Monday.

Te Karaka businessman Jamie Simpson said his temperature gauge was recording 40 degrees for most of yesterday.

“That was in the shade.

“It was hot.”

Mr Simpson said he couldn't do much about the heat in a workshop without air conditioning.

“You just get on with it.”

According to the MetService Gisborne recorded an official high of 37.1 degrees on Friday, the third highest temperature for Gisborne City since accurate record-keeping began in 1937.

It was 34.6 degrees yesterday, which was the third highest temperature in the country behind Whakatane and Ashburton.

A high of 35 is forecast for today before temperatures start cooling down.

In the 10 days ahead temperatures of between 21 degrees (February 9) and 27 degrees (February 6 and 13) are forecast for Gisborne.