January, dull, wet and cold: Niwa
4:21 PM Tuesday Feb 2, 2010

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) has confirmed what most of us already knew - January was a miserable, grey, wet month.

The climate centre released its findings for the start of the year today.

January was exceptionally wet in the east of the North Island and parts of the Waikato following heavy rainfall on Sunday. There was also above normal rainfall for most other regions of the country - the notable exceptions being Northland and parts of coastal Canterbury and north Otago, which recorded well below normal rainfall.

But despite the gloomy days, temperatures across much of the country were near average for the time of the year, Niwa said.

Small pockets of below average temperatures were recorded in Manuwatu-Wanganui, Wairarapa and southern Hawke's Bay, south Canterbury and in the Clutha.

It was extremely cloudy over the lower North Island, and eastern South Island, but very sunny in Northland.

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