Gisborne warmest in NZ in 2016

Globally 2016 the warmest year on record and the same in New Zealand.

Globally 2016 the warmest year on record and the same in New Zealand.

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GISBORNE was the warmest place in the country in 2016, according to Niwa’s annual climate summary for the year. Wairoa was not far behind.

The average mean maximum temperature in Gisborne last year was 21.1 degrees, the highest here since records started in 1905.

Whangarei had the second-best average of 21 degrees and Wairoa shared third place with Leigh in Northland of 20.9.

“Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record and it was the same overall here in New Zealand,” a Niwa spokesman said.

“It came down to three factors: warmer ocean temperatures around New Zealand, anomalies in air pressure and the impact of climate change.”

Gisborne’s overall mean temperature, both high and low, was also up on the average since 1905 at 15.9 degrees, which was up 1.6 degrees on the long-term average.

The mean minimum temperature of 10.7 degrees was also up, again up 1.6 degrees on the average.

Gisborne had 2371 hours of sunshine last year compared to 2542 in 2015. The city received 875 millimetres of rain compared to 895mm in 2015.

GISBORNE was the warmest place in the country in 2016, according to Niwa’s annual climate summary for the year. Wairoa was not far behind.

The average mean maximum temperature in Gisborne last year was 21.1 degrees, the highest here since records started in 1905.

Whangarei had the second-best average of 21 degrees and Wairoa shared third place with Leigh in Northland of 20.9.

“Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record and it was the same overall here in New Zealand,” a Niwa spokesman said.

“It came down to three factors: warmer ocean temperatures around New Zealand, anomalies in air pressure and the impact of climate change.”

Gisborne’s overall mean temperature, both high and low, was also up on the average since 1905 at 15.9 degrees, which was up 1.6 degrees on the long-term average.

The mean minimum temperature of 10.7 degrees was also up, again up 1.6 degrees on the average.

Gisborne had 2371 hours of sunshine last year compared to 2542 in 2015. The city received 875 millimetres of rain compared to 895mm in 2015.

• The next two days are forecast to be fine with 30-degree daytime temperature.

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