5 Jun 2013

Autumn warm but wet for many

7:34 pm on 5 June 2013

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says it was a warmer autumn for most of New Zealand, but very wet for some.

NIWA says the average temperature nationwide was just under 14 degrees Celsius - almost a degree higher than average and was the warmest autumn on record for Leigh, Tauranga, Masterton, Stratford and Ohakune.

However, research meteorologist Richard Turner says the season came to a wet end in most regions.

"Overall, quite wet for large parts of the country, especially Auckland and the Waikato, Kapiti Coast and parts of Marlborough and Nelson with 150 percent of normal rainfall. It was interesting though, it wasn't really until we got into April that the rain really started - but it certainly made up for it."

Dr Turner says Whakatane is the sunniest town so far in 2013 with 1288 hours of sunshine, while New Plymouth and Blenheim follow close behind.

Of the six main centres, Tauranga was the warmest, wettest, and sunniest; Dunedin was the coolest and cloudiest; and Christchurch was the driest.