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Otago and Christchurch swelter as temperatures soar

Published: 5:11PM Thursday January 31, 2013 Source: ONE News

Temperatures have soared across the country with Kiwis basking in another day of sunshine and blue skies.

In Tara Hills, Otago the mercury hit 32 degrees at 3pm, while Christchurch baked in temperatures of just over 30 degrees. In both Blenheim and Takapau Plains the temperature hit 28 degrees.

Most of the country basked in glorious sunshine and temperatures in the high 20s.

However, MetService has warned that this weekend could see the "end of the golden weather". Thankfully, it added a "briefly" to the end of its forecast.

The large anticyclone which has been situated over much of New Zealand for the past week is set to move east this weekend, returning cloud and rain or showers to many parts early next week, forecasters warned.

"The big high that was stuck, or blocked, in place just to the east of New Zealand is now weakening, and this will allow a brief spell of rain to move through on Sunday and early next week," said MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett.

The incoming weather system will bring rain or showers across most parts of the country, and it could be heavy for a time across western provinces.

"Unfortunately, the rain accompanying the southerly change will be far more limited, and not nearly enough for the very dry regions in the east and north of the North Island," Corbett said.

"This front and southerly change will be replaced by a new high from about the middle of the week, bringing further settled weather."