Niwa has gone a step further than one of its former scientists and declared 2013 the warmest year in Manawatu on record.
Climate scientist Jim Sallinger, a former Niwa employee, called last year the second-warmest in Manawatu in his climate wrap released last week.
But yesterday the official 2013 climate summary from Niwa said last year was the warmest in Palmerston North since records began in 1928.
The city recorded a mean air temperature of 14.2 degrees Celsius, a full degree above average.
Dannevirke also recorded its warmest year on record with a mean temperature of 13.7C, while Levin's mean temperature of 14C was the second-highest on record. Average daily highs in Palmerston North were 19.1C, also a record.
Niwa's summary said temperature anomalies were especially high in parts of southern Northland, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Banks Peninsula and western Southland, where annual mean temperatures were at least 1 degree above the annual average.
Palmerston North and Dannevirke were among 17 locations, from as far north as Tauranga to Gore in the south, that recorded their warmest year on record.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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