Have you found the sea water hotter than usual this year?
A marine heatwave has led to New Zealand’s coastal waters jumping 2-4 degrees celcius warmer than a year ago.
The South Island has seen the most drastic change with some waters recording a jump of 6 degrees!
The December average was between 16-18 degrees, but even that is still a degree or two above normal.
However, the warmer seas have had an impact on storm systems which New Zealand caught a glimpse of in early January with wild weather across parts of the country.
Not only does the warmer temperature keep our air on land warmer but it contributes to the strengths of the storm.