January was hottest month ever recorded in New Zealand

2018-02-04 12:35
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Wellington, New Zealand. (Nick Perry, AP)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Wellington, New Zealand. (Nick Perry, AP)

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Wellington – January was the hottest month ever recorded in New Zealand, and experts say climate change is one factor.

The heat has led to a shortage of fans that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern jokingly referred to as "fan-ageddon". Ardern says that while many people are probably enjoying a great summer, they also need to consider the long-term consequences of climate change, including sea-level rise.

Figures released on Friday by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research indicate the average temperature during January was 20.3°C. That was more than 3°C above normal and beat the previous record of 19.6°C set in February 1998.

Record-keeping began in 1909.

New Zealand has a relatively mild climate that is moderated by the surrounding ocean.

Read more on:    new zealand  |  climate change

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