Scientists have found that 2020 was New Zealand’s 7th hottest.
The data comes from The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa). They have been collecting New Zealand’s temperature records since the early 1900s.
They also found that it is nearly four years since New Zealand experienced a month with below-average temperatures.
The nationwide average temperature for 2020 was 13.24 degrees Celsius, just shy of the country’s hottest year on record, 2016, when the average temperature was 13.45C: or 0.84C above the 1981–2010 annual average.
The data shows that six of the eight warmest years on records have occurred since 2013. NIWA believe that this is consistent with climate change.
Six months of 2020 featured above-average temperatures, and Brandolino said it had been 47 months since New Zealand experienced a month with below-average temperatures.