The South Island town of Cromwell has soared to its hottest spring temperature on record.
The Central Otago town hit 33.3 degrees Celsius at 4pm on Thursday - the equal 10th-hottest November temperature ever recorded in all of New Zealand.
Shortly after 3pm, Niwa tweeted that Cromwell had broken its spring record when it reached 32.4C, but as predicted it got even hotter.
It was a scorcher for most places in the region.
Nearby Wanaka and Alexandra reached 30degC and 29.2degC respectively.