4 Dec 2012

Spring sunnier but cooler for most of NZ

9:11 pm on 4 December 2012

Spring is now officially over, and climate scientists say it has been unusually sunny but cool for most parts of New Zealand.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research's summary of the season's weather shows it was much sunnier from Waikato to South Canterbury and there were record sunshine hours in Gisborne, New Plymouth and Paraparaumu.

Spring was also cooler than usual, with temperatures nationwide well below the seasonal average because of increased cold southwesterly winds.

The nationwide average temperature for spring was 11.8 deg C, 0.3 below average.

The lowest temperature for the season was minus 8.3 deg C, recorded at Lake Tekapo on 14 October.