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Records set in spring - NIWA Climate Summary

Records set in spring

It was a warm spring for many parts of the country, with 37 locations recording record or near record -high mean temperatures.

Nine locations recorded record mean maximum air temperatures, whilst four locations recorded record mean minimum air temperatures.

Of particular note this spring was Stratford in Taranaki, which recorded both its highest mean maximum and minimum air temperatures for spring since records began there in 1960.

The nation-wide average temperature in spring 2013 was 13.0°C (0.9°C above the 1971-2000 spring average, using NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which begins in 1909).


Overall, rainfall was near normal for spring throughout many parts of New Zealand.

Relatively few extraordinary spring rainfall totals were recorded, with five locations recording near record-high spring rainfall totals, and two locations receiving record or near record-low spring rainfall totals.

October was a dry month for the north of the North Island, and despite receiving rainfall that was closer to normal in November, soils in these parts remained considerably drier than normal at 1 December 2013.

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