Wellington may have finished the year with a blistering-hot Christmas but overall 2012 was colder and more overcast than normal.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research released its climate summary for 2012, showing New Zealand was slightly cooler than average last year.
Below average temperatures were recorded in Wellington, Wairarapa, parts of Manawatu, between Tararua and Waikato, and the northeast South Island.
While Kapiti Coast was sunnier than usual, Wellington, Wairarapa, and Blenheim had below average sunshine.
Ex-tropical cyclone Evan, which approached New Zealand over the Christmas break, dragged warm and humid subtropical air over New Zealand, producing ''extremely high'' Christmas and Boxing Day temperatures in Taranaki to Wellington.
Whanganui had its driest year on record last year.
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- The Dominion Post
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