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New Zealand Experiences Warmest Winter on Record

September 7, 2013

By The Associated Press


WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Winter was lacking its usual Antarctic chill this year in New Zealand.

Scientists say the South Pacific nation had its warmest winter since record-keeping began more than a century ago.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said Tuesday the average nationwide temperature during winter was 9.5 Celsius (49.1 Fahrenheit). That`s about 1.2 Celsius above average and 0.3 Celsius above the previous record set in 1984. Record-keeping began in 1909.

NIWA climate scientist Brett Mullan says this winter had a pattern of warmer winds from the north but fewer southerly winds. Those typically bring cold air from Antarctica. He says he believes that global weather remains variable but is in a warming pattern.

June, July and August are considered the winter months for the Southern Hemisphere.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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