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Wellington wettest spring record broken

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016

How good the weather was this spring will really depend on where you were, with Wellingtonians drenched in record rainfall, while those in Kaitaia enjoyed more sun than ever.

According to the National Climate Centre's seasonal summary, the capital had at least a bit of rain on 63 of the 91 days in spring this year - it's usually about 44 - for a total of 516mm of rain during the season.

That's the largest seasonal amount since records began in 1928 and is 64 per cent more than on an average year.

Nearby areas didn't fare much better, with Paraparaumu, Upper Hutt and Martinborough all coming close to their wettest springs on record as well.

Clouds lingered across other parts of the North Island: Hamilton, and Palmerston North saw their lowest amount of seasonal sunshine hours ever recorded, with Turangi and Rotorua not far behind.

The small east coast town of Te Puia Springs recorded its highest single-day rainfall - with a whopping 244mm falling on September 26 - while a dozen others came close to their records.

But elsewhere, it was anything but gloom. The Northland town of Kaitaia was bathed in sunlight - 660 hours of it to be precise - the largest amount since records began in 1951.

Gisborne also reached its hottest spring temperature ever, setting the country's season high at 34.8 degrees on November 23 and breaking records going back to 1905.

Napier, Hastings, Wairoa, Mahia and South West Cape also had their hottest spring temperatures on record, while a handful of others came close.

But as with the rain, the temperature was a mixed bag, Mount Cook setting the season's low when the area reached -6.1 degrees on September 9, while Takaka had its lowest-ever spring temperature (-4.3 degrees) on the same day.

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