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    NZ weather in 2010: Whakatane sunniest spot
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    Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty has taken the annual battle for honours as the sunniest spot in New Zealand, NIWA says.

    It was followed by Nelson and Blenheim.

    Tauranga was the sunniest of the main centres.

    In their review of 2010 - headed "Settled and Warm" - NIWA says 2010 was the fifth warmest year since 1900, with average annual temperature of 13.1degC. The four warmer years were 1971, 1998, 1999, and 2005.

    It said notable climate features included two droughts, several heat waves, and three significant rainfall events.

    The warmest places were Whangaparaoa, Whangarei and Kaitaia while the coldest were Mt Ruapehu, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook

    The wettest place was Cropp River on the West Coast, Doon and North Egmont.

    The driest were Clyde, Ranfurly and Alexandra.

    The year's highest temperature was 35.6degC at Cheviot on February 22. The lowest was -12.6degC at Lake Tekapo on August 10.

    The highest recorded wind gust was 217kmh at Baring Head near Wellington on March 12.

    And Milford Sound had the most rain on a single day, 314mm at Milford Sound on Anzac Day.

    The wettest main centre was Wellington, the driest was Christchurch and Auckland was the warmest.

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    A bit more about the weather .

    Niwa: Warm NZ climate in 2010
    2:00 PM Wednesday Jan 12, 2011

    The country had relatively settled and warm weather last year with Whakatane being the sunniest followed by Nelson and Blenheim, the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said today.

    Mt Ruapehu, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook were the coldest.

    Cheviot had the highest temperature at 35.6degC while Lake Tekapo recorded the lowest at -12.6degC.

    Increased anticyclones ('highs') brought relatively settled conditions throughout the country, Niwa said.

    "The broad climate setting switched from moderate El Nino early in the year to a La Nina by July.

    "The La Nina had become moderate-to-strong by September."

    Notable climate features included two droughts, several heat waves, and three significant rainfall events, it said.

    The wettest areas were Cropp River, Doon, and North Egmont with the driest at Clyde, Ranfurly and Alexandra.

    The most rain in a single day at 314mm was recorded at Milford Sound on April 25.

    In the main centres, Tauranga was the sunniest, Wellington the wettest, Christchurch the driest and Auckland the warmest, Niwa said.

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