New Zealand has recorded the hottest June in over 110 years.
The average temperatures for the month were 2C higher than normal, with 24 separate locations in Aotearoa hitting their own records.
That makes this June New Zealand’s warmest since NIWA started recording temperature in 1909.
The warmth was right across the country. However, it was particularly warm in Motueka, near the top of the South Island, where the mean temperature of 10.8C was 3.2C higher than the town’s 1981-2010 average.
Of the six main regions, Auckland was the warmest and sunniest, Tauranga was the wettest, Christchurch was the coldest and driest, and Dunedin was the least sunny.
The highest temperature recorded was in Hastings (Hawke’s Bay) and Leigh (North Auckland) with both places reaching 22C on different days of the month.
NIWA puts the increase in temperatures down to above-normal sea-level air pressure to the east of the country and climate change.