Some records have been broken in the South Island today! As things stand at the moment, the temperatures that have broken December records are:
Christchurch - 36.1C (Previous December record: 35.4C, 1975)
Oamaru - 31.9C (Previous December record: 31.7C, 1999)
Dunedin - 33.1C (At the airport, previous record: 32.2C, 1990)
Timaru - 34.1C (Equalled the previous Dec record set in 1997)
Ashburton reached 35.3C, which wasn't a record, but came close to their record of 36.3C.