12 Jan 2011

2010 weather hlighlights issued by NIWA

12:36 pm on 12 January 2011

Auckland is officially the warmest main centre in New Zealand and Wellington is the wettest.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research has issued its climate summary for 2010.

Tauranga was the sunniest centre and Christchurch was the driest.

However, Whakatane, Nelson and Blenheim were actually the sunniest places in the country.

The highest temperature of the year was 35.6 degrees in Cheviot in the South Island.

NIWA says 2010 was the fifth warmest year since 1900, with the average annual temperature of 13.1 degrees.

Principal scientist James Renwick says people should expect more warmer years.