December warmer than usual

11:41 am on 8 January 2013

December in New Zealand was warmer than usual with several temperature records broken.

A summary for the month from the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research said the average temperature nationally was 16.7 degrees - up 1.1 degrees on the previous record set in 2000.

The highest temperature was 34.5 degrees recorded in Gisborne on 19 December, while Motu in the Ureweras had the coldest temperature with -1.7 degrees on 1 December.

Soils were much drier than usual by the end of December in Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, coastal Waikato, Nelson, parts of Canterbury and central Southland.

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