Napier and Hastings are expected to face some of the hottest temperatures of the summer over the next 48 hours, following forecasts for strong winds overnight.
MetService forecasts say Hastings can expect a maximum temperature tomorrow of about 33C, and Napier about 31C. Strong westerlies expected overnight through southern and central Hawke's Bay, were being forecast to ease today, but reappear in the heat of tomorrow.
Temperatures are expected in the high 20s into next week, with no showers or rain being forecast for Napier and Hastings and eastern areas further north before January 16.
Overcast conditions are expected in Dannevirke tomorrow, but temperatures will still reach the high 20s.
The predictions come in contrast to Sunday's weather, where Napier's 7.2mm of rain was among the country's heaviest, and the minimum temperature of 8.1C among the country's coldest (although maximum temperatures in the area were still in the mid to high 20s).
Niwa's climate centre is forecasting conditions for the rest of the summer in Hawke's Bay to be marginally drier than average for the time of year.