Hokitika registers warmest day since 1866


Hokitika last month had its warmest June day in 149 years, when the town had just been carved out of the bush by its first hardly settlers.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) figures for June, released yesterday, show it was a wet month on the West Coast.
It noted a persistent lack of southerlies which had a profound impact on the monthly temperatures, with dozens of locations all over the country experiencing record or near record high mean temperatures.
Records were set on June 9 when Westport reached 18.3degC, its third warmest June day since 1937. That was eclipsed on June 12, when Hokitika reached 18.6degC, its warmest day since 1866. The town was only founded one year earlier. Record or near-record mean air temperatures for June were recorded at Westport, with its highest since 1937 (11.2degC) and Hokitika, again its highest since 1866 (10.4degC). That was 2.2degC warmer than average.
Reefton had its second warmest June since 1960, Greymouth its third highest since 1947 and Haast its highest since 1949. Record or near-record mean minimum air temperatures for June were also set Coastwide.
However, Greymouth also recorded its second wettest month since 1947.
On June 25, extensive surface flooding and road closures occurred in Nelson as a result of heavy rain, as well as in Hokitika. Greymouth and Hokitika also experienced more strong winds that day.