June sets climate records

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New Zealand has recorded its third warmest June on record.
It was also one of the sunniest, with sunshine hours up more than 100 per cent across the country thanks to the dry weather.
The statistics come from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa).
Nugget Point in Otago experienced its driest June since records began in 1930.
Air pressure was also higher than normal to the east of New Zealand while lower than normal pressures hung to the southwest of the country — combined with the warm oceans this meant more warm winds from the north.
This helped Christchurch and Dunedin have their warmest June on record with many climate stations in New Zealand recording above average by up to or above 1.2C.
Across the country the average temperature was 10.2C making it the warmest June on record.
• Highest temperature was 25.1C, observed at Napier on June 10.
• Lowest temperature was -8.2C, observed at Mt Cook on June 7.
• Highest 1-day rainfall was 141mm, recorded at Otamatuna on June 22.
• Highest wind gust was 172km/h, observed at Cape Turnagain on June 10.

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