Timaru had record-breaking weather in 2013, with some of the highest annual temperatures recorded.
It was the warmest year for Timaru since reliable records started in 1908, and the second warmest year for New Zealand.
Data collected from New Zealand climate stations and analysed by climate scientist Jim Salinger showed that temperatures nationally were 0.84 degrees Celsius above average.
Dr Salinger said record annual mean temperatures were recorded in the southeast of the South Island, occurring in Omarama, Timaru and Invercargill as well as the Chatham Islands.
The annual mean temperature for Timaru in 2013 was 11.37C, 0.79 degrees higher than the previous average from 1961 to 1990 of 10.58C.
Winter temperatures in 2013 were also higher than average resulting in the warmest winter on record, 1.27C above the 1961 to 1990 average.
Dr Salinger said the mean temperatures throughout New Zealand were well above average in March, July, August and November.
The hottest year on record for New Zealand is 1998, which was 0.89C above average.
Temperatures in 2014 are anticipated to continue on a similar trend.
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