Hooray! Hamilton's balmy weather here to stay

Fourth hottest November on record

HARRY PEARL
Last updated 09:19 03/12/2013
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Water fun: Steve Mapson jumps from the shoulders of Jake Earley at Ocean Beach, Tairua.

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Hamilton has had one of its warmest Novembers on record, with average daily temperatures nearly 1.8 degrees above normal, new figures show.

Data from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) reveal November was Hamilton's fourth hottest since records began.

The maximum average daily temperature was recorded at 21.7C and the highest daily temperature hit 26.2C at Hamilton Airport, the third highest since 1990.

The balmy temperatures and fine weather were tempered by bouts of rain last week, but scientists say the warm weather looks set to continue over summer.

NIWA's seasonal climate outlook shows Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty are likely to experience average or above average temperatures between December and February.

Rainfall levels are also tipped to be average or above average, while river levels look likely to be at near normal levels.

November's fine weather may have been a blessing for beachgoers, but it lifted water use, prompting the first stage of residential restrictions by three Waikato councils last month.

Residents in Hamilton City and neighbouring Waikato and Waipa districts have been asked to limit sprinkler use.

But water consumption has dropped in Hamilton over the past week.

harry.pearl@waikatotimes.co.nz

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