Warmest day since May 21

Yesterday was the second-warmest September day on record for Gisborne.

The mercury climbed to a summery high of 25.1.

Since records started in the airfield area in 1905, this has only been beaten once before — on September 24, 1955, which recorded the all-time September high of 25.4 degrees.

Yesterday was also the first time since the temperature passed the 20-degree mark since May 21.

The last time the mercury rose beyond 24 degrees was on April 17 when it hit 24.1 degrees.

In the all the years since 1905, September has hit above 24 degrees only five times - in 1988 (24.5), 1998 (24.7), 2003 (24.4), 2006 (24.9) and 2008 (24.7).

Elsewhere yesterday, private thermometers recorded over 26 degrees at Makaraka and 27 degrees further inland.

Yesterday was the second-warmest September day on record for Gisborne.

The mercury climbed to a summery high of 25.1.

Since records started in the airfield area in 1905, this has only been beaten once before — on September 24, 1955, which recorded the all-time September high of 25.4 degrees.

Yesterday was also the first time since the temperature passed the 20-degree mark since May 21.

The last time the mercury rose beyond 24 degrees was on April 17 when it hit 24.1 degrees.

In the all the years since 1905, September has hit above 24 degrees only five times - in 1988 (24.5), 1998 (24.7), 2003 (24.4), 2006 (24.9) and 2008 (24.7).

Elsewhere yesterday, private thermometers recorded over 26 degrees at Makaraka and 27 degrees further inland.

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