Warm June follows record May
MICHELLE COOKE Last updated 12:52 05/07/2011

The hottest May on record has been followed by the third-warmest June, according to the National Climate Centre.

The centre said temperatures throughout the country were well above average last month, especially in the north and west of both islands. The east and south regions of the South Island experienced near-average temperatures.

In the 102 years since records began, only June 2003 and 1971 surpassed last month's average temperature, which was 10 degrees celsius - 1.5C above the 1971 to 2000 average.

The higher temperatures had nothing to do with the sun, with frequent northeasterly windflows last month producing a "rather gloomy" June, the centre said.

Most regions experienced lower than average sunshine totals, however, around Franz Josef, Taumarunui, and the Central Plateau, sunshine totals were normal or above normal.

It was a very dry month for the South Island where rainfall totals were half of the June norm.

In contrast, it was a rather wet June for the northern half of the North Island and Nelson.

The highest temperature last month was 22.4C in Whitianga and the lowest was -6.7C in Ranfurly.

Of the six main centres, Auckland was the warmest but also the wettest, Dunedin the sunniest and driest and Christchurch the coldest.

Air temperatures were predicted to be warmer than average over the coming months, but they weren't expected to break any records.

Rainfall totals and river flows between July and September were all likely to be in the normal or below normal range.

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