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Last updated 15:04 03/12/2012

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It was a dry, sunny November in Manawatu - but if you thought it was colder than normal you were right.

Monthly climate statistics released by Niwa show only 20mm of rain fell in Palmerston North last month, 25 per cent of the normal November average for the city.

Instead Palmerston North basked in 185hrs of bright sunshine, 13 per cent above average.

But this did not translate into higher temperatures.

Frequent southerly winds pushed Palmerston North's average November temperature down to just 12.9C, well below the 14.2C average for this time of the year.

The rest of Manawatu - and most of New Zealand - followed similar trends to Palmerston North.

The average temperature nationwide in November was 12.8°C.

This is 0.9°C below the 1971-2000 November average.

Southerly winds were more frequent than usual due to much higher than usual pressures over the central and southern Tasman Sea, Niwa said.

Higher pressures across most of New Zealand were responsible for the dry conditions.

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- Manawatu Standard

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