Temperatures are going up, up and away to perspiration and evaporation point this weekend.
Tomorrow’s nothing extraordinary at 20 degrees Celcius. But Sunday will have Masterton people sweltering in 30C temperatures for the first time since last summer, while across the region temperatures of 25C and up are expected.
No rain is forecast on either day.
A series of winds coming from all directions later this week are blasted off by hot air from Australia.
Meteorologist Angus Hines said a high-pressure system was coming.
“This is mainly driven by an air mass originating from the Tasman inching into New Zealand.
“The temperatures are above average for the time of year.
“A few places on the East Coast get hot with Hastings possibly getting to 31 degrees.”
The Metservice website says sun protection would be required in Masterton from Friday to Sunday.
Both sun rays and pollen levels are high.
Masterton Life Pharmacy owner and pharmacist, Darryl Hughes said it was “slip, slop, slap and wrap” time, and offered advice to allergy sufferers.
“People can take antihistamines for allergies and saline flushes to get pollen out of sinuses.
“If you’re lucky enough to have a heat pump turn it on to cool as it has a filter that will stop some of the pollen coming into the house.”
Masterton’s temperatures drop back a few degrees to a warm 26C on Monday, before sprinkles of rain from Tuesday bring a drop in temperatures.
But temperatures over 20C will be the norm next week.