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Hot, cold and everything in between
By Isaac Davison
5:30 AM Friday Dec 31, 2010

New Zealanders endured another topsy-turvy year of weather in 2010, which moved from drought and heatwaves to furious storms, and back to near-drought.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research records showed it has been a warmer-than-usual year, with eight out of the last 10 months hotter than average.

The year threatened to get off to a cold and wet start in January, before heatwaves took over and most of New Zealand experienced above average temperatures and sunshine hours.

The El Nino weather pattern, which is associated with low rainfall, turned Northland tinder dry, and the Government stepped in to help farmers in February.

Cheviot, an hour and a half north of Christchurch, recorded the hottest day of the year with a sweltering 35.6C in February. That temperature was still well below the highest reading in New Zealand, 42.4C in Marlborough and Rangiora in 1973.

Auckland had its driest February since records began, with only 5mm of rainfall.

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