New Zealand Climate
Mean temperatures were up to 2.5 °C below normal in the Southern Lakes, Central Otago, and inland Canterbury, and below normal in most other regions. The only warm spot in the country was Hawke’s Bay, where temperatures were slightly above average. The February national average temperature of 16.1 °C was 1.1 °C below normal.
February rainfall records tumble
Rainfall was 400–600% of the February normal in much of the south and west of the North Island from Waikato to Wellington, including Wairarapa, and 200–300% of normal in most other North Island regions, as well as in Buller, north Westland, Marlborough, and Nelson. It was wetter than average over most other areas of the South Island.