Wellington warmer than usual
Wellington has recorded its third warmest year since records began - and has claimed the country's biggest wind gust for 2013.
Niwa's annual climate summary for 2013, released this afternoon, showed spiking mercury throughout the country, with 17 locations - including Masterton, Hastings and Palmerston North - recording their highest average temperatures since records began.
Wellington was also warmer, recording its third highest mean temperature of 14.4C, 0.6C warmer than usual, since records started in 1962.
But the capital kept things balanced - it also recored its highest mean minimum temperature of 11.6C.
Masterton also experienced its highest ever temperature on record, at 33.5C on February 2. Masterton's records began in 1992. The Wairarapa town also had its fourth-lowest extreme maximum temperature at 6.4C on May 28, however the country's warmest winter on record kept things from getting to chilly around the country.
Widespread drought conditions that touched much of the country early in the year would make 2013 memorable, but it was Wellington's storm event in June that was the biggest event for the capital. Two gusts of wind recorded during that storm - one of 202kmh at the top of Mt Kaukau and another of 143kmh at Kelburn - were the highest ever recorded for June at the respective stations.
Of the main centres, Wellington was the wettest, recording 1409mm of rain - 115 per cent of normal, though rainfall was near normal for all six main centres.
Wellington also recorded 2108 hours of sunshine, in keeping with normal averages.
The Dominion Post