The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA) have announced that the 2012/13 New Zealand summer has been the sunniest on record.
In most parts of New Zealand the last three months have been characterised by plenty of sunshine and just a smattering of rain.
However, despite the high levels of sunshine, the temperatures have not broken any records.
Tauranga and Auckland have had the highest average temperatures at 19.7 degrees Celsius.
Wellington’s average temperature was 16.9C – one degree higher than normal – and Christchurch was 17.1C.
NIWA climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said anticyclones sitting over New Zealand have blocked any wet weather coming our way.
The highest temperature in New Zealand was 35.1C recorded in Clyde in Central Otago on 5 January and also in Gisborne on 9 and 10 January.
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