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Hottest August on record

It’s not global warming, it’s just good weather – last month was the warmest August New Zealand has seen since temperatures were first recorded 155 years ago.

New Zealanders could thank strong westerly winds coming off Australia for an average temperature almost 2degC warmer than usual, said Auckland climate scientist Jim Salinger.

The average temperature for New Zealand last month was 10.4degC, which gave the normally wintery month the kind of temperatures usually seen in spring.

Regions that registered the highest temperatures above average were areas such as Central Otago and inland Canterbury, where the Australian air kept both days and nights relatively warm.

Auckland and Tauranga shared the title of the warmest main centre for August, while Wellington was both the sunniest and wettest, Dunedin the driest, and Christchurch the coolest.

Niwa’s outlook for spring said New Zealanders could continue to expect warmer weather than usual throughout September, although there was likely to be a change mid-spring.




SW on 1/09/2009 11:11am

We were in the right place at the right time,Here W-NW winds much of August but we would know about the cold if there was an almost stationary tasman high slowly moving north like the equivalent pattern over southwestern Australia like the last month.This change mentioned is what we possibly get with Elnino.

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