New Zealand Climate
Cold and wet December
New Zealand experienced the coldest December since 1945, with previously unrecorded low temperatures in many places.
Rainfall was well above average in the east from Hawke’s Bay to Southland, while conditions in Westland and Fiordland were drier than normal.
For more information on the climate in December, visit the climate summaries page at www.niwa.co.nz/ncc/cs/mclimsum_04_12