Wet and wild November - Niwa
4:27 PM Wednesday Dec 2, 2009

November was a good month to put the washing out, with unprecedented dry weather in some areas coupled with high winds, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) says.

Tauranga had record dry weather last month and it was also extremely dry in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

There was also record low rainfall in Northland, parts of Auckland, the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Canterbury, Otago and inland Southland.

Monthly temperatures were below average in Auckland and Christchurch, near average in Hamilton and Wellington, and above average for Tauranga and Dunedin, Niwa said.

Sunshine totals for November were near normal, except Dunedin where it was above average and Auckland, which was cloudy.

Of the six main centres, Tauranga was the warmest, driest and sunniest, Wellington the wettest, and Christchurch was the coolest, Niwa said.

The highest temperature was 32.1degC recorded at Whakatane on November 24 - the highest temperature for November that Niwa had recorded.

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