The heat is on ….

Lake Karapiro on January 4 when temperatures reached 34.7 degrees

If you thought it was scorchingly hot in Waipā last week, it sure was – and a Niwa meteorologist says it is going to get hotter.

The temperature gauge hit 34.7°C at Niwa’s Lake Karāpiro station on January 4, easily beating Waipā’s hottest day last year of 30. 9°C on January 14.

Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll. Credit: Stuart Mackay, NIWA

Meteorologist Ben Noll said temperatures across the country were last year on average one degree higher than the previous year and the warmest year on record.

“Be prepared for more hot weather though,” he said.

Niwa has three Waipā stations at Waikeria, where readings were first taken last year on February 7, Karāpiro and Hamilton Airport.

Stats for 2021:

  • Hottest day – Waikeria, 29°C, February 21, Karāpiro, 30.9, January 14, Airport, 29.6, February 4.
  • Coldest day – Waikeria, -3.7, July 14, Karāpiro 0.7, August 10, Airport -3.7, August 10.
  • Driest month – Waikeria April, 50mm, Karāpiro February, 12mm, Airport, February, 42mm.
  • Wettest month – Waikeria October, 140mm, Karāpiro March, 145mm, Airport September, 178mm.
  • Windiest month – Waikeria February and November average wind speed 7.6kms/hr, Karāpiro May and September 7.2, Airport October 13.3kms/hr.
  • Frosts – Waikeria 14 May/June 4, July 9, August 1, Karāpiro none, Airport 17, May 3, June 5, July 7, August 2.

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