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Read NIWA's annual climate summaries, going back to the year 2000. Each summary contains information on a single year's overall climate conditions, sunshine, temperature, soil moisture, and temperature.
Much warmer, with more anticyclones and less wind than normal; very low rainfall in the South Island; catastrophic floods and extremely high rainfall in Bay of Plenty; destructive tornadoes; an unseasonable late snowstorm.
Extremely low annual rainfall in the eastern South Island and parts of the lower North Island, despite wet end-of-year conditions; severe summer–autumn drought, mid-winter freeze; many other extreme events.