It may be time to put away the togs - scorching temperatures on Wednesday aren't likely to be repeated today, the MetService says.

While Napier was the hottest place in the country with a toasty high of 33.4C, it is today only expected to reach 21C, meteorologist Mariken van Laanen said.

Yesterday's temperature was a record high for readings taken at Napier Airport in November. The previous record, in 1982, was 31.4C.

Gisborne was the second hottest in the country on Wednesday with 33.3C, also breaking the record for a November temperature taken at the airport.


The previous record for Gisborne was taken in 1957 and was 32.4C.

But today's forecast high for Gisborne is 24C, van Laanen said.

Rain is likely in Westland and Fiordland as well as parts of Canterbury and Otago.

While the rain was not expected to be particularly bad, van Laanen said to keep an eye on the weather on Friday, as it was expected to worsen.