Wednesday January 10, 2018
Wellington least sunny major city in 2017 Last year was New Zealand’s fifth warmest ever, with a nationwide average temperature of 13.2 degrees, which was 0.5 degrees above a 30-year-average. The years 2016, 2013, 1999, and 1998 were hotter. NIWA says the last quarter of the year was marked by easterly flow anomalies over the country
and progressively increasing temperature anomalies, ending with the second warmest December on record. From November into December, a “marine heatwave” was observed across the Tasman Sea and in New Zealand coastal waters when sea surface temperatures were two to four degrees
The city council send their New Year’s wishes to all readers Nga mihi o te Tau Hou – Happy New Year. On behalf of Wellington City Council we would like to wish you all the best for 2018. Summer has been spectacular so far, with the sunny weather bringing out our red pohutukawa flowers in force. Wellingtonians love the sunshine and our city is buzzing at the moment. To help us make the most of it, the council has once again organised a summer calendar bursting with events for all ages. The popular Gardens Magic concerts and light show begins this week, there are festivals, fairs and markets coming up and our beaches will be patrolled to help keep you and your family safe as you enjoy a day out – you can find out more at wcc.govt.nz. However, please also remember that hot, sunny weather puts pressure on our water supply so follow the water conservation rules. Noho ora mai, Mayor Justin Lester and Deputy Mayor Jill Day
above average, the result of the emergence of a La Nina weather pattern. For rainfall, 2017 was a year of two halves. The year started off on a rather wet and stormy and during March and April the “Tasman Tempest”, ex-tropical cyclones Debbie, and Cook contributed to record or near-record amounts
of rain and flooding for some areas. By the end of September 2017, all six main centres had already recorded their normal annual rainfall. However, a drier than normal end to the year meant that only a handful of locations saw record or near-record rainfall for the year as a whole.
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The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Reserach (NIWA) has released a climate summary for 2017 confirming the country has experienced more extreme weather. Wellington city was declared the least sunny of the main centres for the year, with Tauranga being both the sunniest and wettest.
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