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Cool summer is confirmed by NIWA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017

NIWA has confirmed what most people knew - it was a cool summer but it was dry in the north and east.

Summer temperatures were below average or well below average for southern and western parts of the North Island and South Island.

Only isolated parts of Hawke's Bay and Gisborne had above average temperatures.

The highest temperature was 35.5C at Wairoa on February 6 and the lowest was minus 1.7C at Mt Cook Airport on January 5.

Tauranga was the warmest and sunniest main centre, Dunedin was the coolest, Christchurch was the driest, and Wellington was the wettest and cloudiest.

Milford Sound wins the prize for the most rainfall on a single day with 309mm on January 31.

Still, rainfall was below normal in many northern and eastern areas of the North Island and South Island.

It was a particularly dry summer in parts of Northland and East Cape.

In early February, Northland's drought was officially classified as a medium-scale adverse event.

The highest wind gust was 178 km/h at Akitio on February 13.

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