Mercury rising

Last night was warmest night of year, with mercury still over 20 degrees at 1am and over 18 degrees at 5am.

Last night was warmest night of year, with mercury still over 20 degrees at 1am and over 18 degrees at 5am.

First Sunrise of the year at Wainui Beach. Picture by Liam Clayton

YESTERDAY was the hottest day of the year so far, sending residents to beaches, rivers and pools all over the district.

The MetService said the day’s high was 32.9 degrees, rounded to 33 for TV, although higher figures were reached inland, with private gauges breaking 34 degrees.

Gisborne weatherwatcher Roger Handford said November holds the title for the hottest day of last year, with 33.3 degrees on the 23rd, a new record for that month.

Last night was also the warmest night of the year so far, with the mercury still over 20 degrees at 1am and over 18 degrees at 5am.

Mr Handford said this month has quite a way to go to break the all-time January heat record of 38.1 degrees, set on January 11, 1979.

Also the overnight warmth has a way to go to beat the most sweltering night of the past 26 years: January 19, 2011 when the coolest the air got was 23.2 degrees.

Today, another 30-degree day is forecast, and the beach will again be an attractive place to be. Water temperature off Midway beach yesterday recorded at a very comfortable 21.4 degrees.

YESTERDAY was the hottest day of the year so far, sending residents to beaches, rivers and pools all over the district.

The MetService said the day’s high was 32.9 degrees, rounded to 33 for TV, although higher figures were reached inland, with private gauges breaking 34 degrees.

Gisborne weatherwatcher Roger Handford said November holds the title for the hottest day of last year, with 33.3 degrees on the 23rd, a new record for that month.

Last night was also the warmest night of the year so far, with the mercury still over 20 degrees at 1am and over 18 degrees at 5am.

Mr Handford said this month has quite a way to go to break the all-time January heat record of 38.1 degrees, set on January 11, 1979.

Also the overnight warmth has a way to go to beat the most sweltering night of the past 26 years: January 19, 2011 when the coolest the air got was 23.2 degrees.

Today, another 30-degree day is forecast, and the beach will again be an attractive place to be. Water temperature off Midway beach yesterday recorded at a very comfortable 21.4 degrees.

Too darn hot for parking

SOARING temperatures yesterday turned out to be too hot to handle for some of the city centre’s electronic parking ticket dispensing machines, which refused work in the heat.

Motorists parking in some ares of the CBD were unable to get tickets after some dispensing machines stopped working, but a Gisborne District Council spokesman confirmed that infringement notices were not issued for those unable to buy a ticket yesterday, and the same would apply today if the problem continued.

“The machines aren’t technically broken but in this extreme heat the electronics don’t always detect coins being deposited into the machines," the spokesman said.

"We are aware which machines are faulty and won’t be issuing tickets to affected parkers. We apologise for any disruption this has caused.”

Coin-operated parking metres on the CBD side streets are still working as intended.

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