If you thought winter was mild, you were right.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research figures show South Canterbury enjoyed the warmest winter since 1909.
It was warm for most of the country, with record high mean temperatures for winter throughout the South Island.
Well above average mean temperatures (more than 1.2 degrees Celsius above the winter average) were recorded throughout Southland, Otago (except South Otago), inland Canterbury and coastal Canterbury north of Ashburton.
Although it was warm, winter was also wet. For the east coast of the South Island from Dunedin to Christchurch, rainfall was more than 120 per cent of normal winter rainfall, which caused flooding on June 17.
The national low during winter was -12.1C recorded at Lake Tekapo on June 28.
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