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Gisborne sizzles through record heatwave

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/11/2016

Gisborne residents have sizzled through New Zealand's hottest November day in the last 15 years as the thermometer hit 34.8C at 4pm on Wednesday.

The ice-cream and shorts weather topped the previous November record from the last 15 years by a full degree after Waione in Wairarapa reached 33.3C on November 24, 2009.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said there has not been a hotter day anywhere in the country this year since Clyde in the South Island reached 35.5C in February.

Wednesday was also Gisborne's warmest November day ever, eclipsing its previous record of 32.4C on November 20, 1957.

But the east coast town was not the only place to topple records.

Wairoa in the north of Hawke's Bay soared to 34.1C at 2pm, smashing its previous November record of 31C from November 9, 1982.

Wharerata in northern Hawke's Bay was the first New Zealand town to reach 30C on Wednesday, hitting the mark at 11.40 am.

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