Palmerston North December 'hot and wet'

Last updated 13:28 08/01/2013
Warwick Smith/Fairfax NZ

FLAT OUT: Punters take a break during the heat at the Boxing Day races at Awapuni.

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Palmerston North recorded its hottest December day since records began during a month that was not only hot but wet.

NIWA's climate summary for the month reported December was the second warmest and fourth wettest in the city since records began in 1991.

The mercury soared on Boxing Day when a high of 30.8 degrees was the highest temperature recorded in Palmerston North in any December since records began.

Levin also recorded its highest December temperature when on Christmas Day a whopping 29.7 degrees were recorded.

The mean temperature for the month was 18.1 degrees, 1.7 degrees higher than average. The overnight low of 19.4 degrees on Christmas Day was the highest December low recorded in the city.

Dannevirke recorded its third highest mean December temperature at 17.7 degrees - 1.7 degrees higher than the average from records that began in 1951.

The 127mm of rain that fell in December was the fourth highest total since records began, and was 33 per cent higher than normal. This included the month's second-highest single December day of rainfall in Palmerston North when 39mm fell on December 30.

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- Manawatu Standard


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