Temperatures soared in Hawke's Bay yesterday to the hottest yet recorded.
Official Metservice readings show temperatures hitting 37C in Wairoa, 34C in Mahia, 35.8C in Napier and 36.7C in Hastings.
According to the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), the blistering temperatures in Napier and Hastings were the hottest since records began, topping previous highs from 1982 (34.4C) and 1946 (36.4C).
But Hawke's Bay Today's weather watchers around the region said it was even hotter.
Bay View's Alistair Dennis said the thermometer at his Seafield Rd property showed temperatures into the 40s, and one caller said the Esk Valley hit 44C.
"I can't remember a hotter day," Mr Dennis said. "I guess what made it so hot was the hot winds."
A grapegrower in the Gimblett Gravels said a pulsating 47C was the high there.
Further south at Raukawa, Folker Liebenow recorded 38.5C, the highest since his mother began monitoring in 1955.
"It was 30C by 9am," he said. "It was utterly uncomfortable. The last one we had like this was was in 2001 when we had 36C."
The hot weather saw people flock to the pools for relief.
Splash Planet hosted 1500 people yesterday, but that was not the busiest day this month.
Hot weather throughout the month saw 47,500 people use the park in January. Last January 40,174 visited