Climate & Weather

Understanding our variable and changing climate is critical for managing resources and reducing risks.

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    Tagging Fiordland sharks to monitor climate change

    Media release
    Tracking changes in broadnose sevengill sharks' behaviour in a warming climate.
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    Hottest June temperature ever recorded

    Media release
    Highest June temperature since records began in the 1850s
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    Hotspot Watch 16 May 2024

    Hotspot
    This is the final Hotspot Watch for this season. The Hotspot Watch will return in the spring.
  • Hotspot Watch 9 May 2024

    Hotspot
    A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
  • Hotspot Watch 1 May 2024

    Hotspot
    A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
  • Hotspot Watch 23 April 2024

    Hotspot
    A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
  • Soil moisture anomaly map (mm) at 9am on 15 April 2024

    Hotspot Watch 15 April 2024

    Hotspot
    A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
  • Soil moisture anomaly map (mm) at 9am on 3 April 2024

    Hotspot Watch 4 April 2024

    Hotspot
    A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
  • Weather forecasting

    NIWA's forecasting services are underpinned by experienced meteorologists and in-house proprietary modelling.
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    Climate modelling and projections

    Climate modelling and projections will support Aotearoa’s transition to a low-emissions, climate-resilient economy.
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    Climate data

    NIWA maintains the national climate database for New Zealand, and can supply climate data in a variety of ways.
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    Climate change adaptation

    There are many options available to you, your whānau, community and business to adapt to the challenges of our changing climate.