5 May 2021

April much warmer and drier than usual

From Morning Report, 7:57 am on 5 May 2021

It's official - April was much warmer and much drier than normal.

More than three dozen places had near-record, or record, high maximum temperatures, mostly between 4 April and 6 April.

Specially impressive was a maximum temperature of 30.8 degrees Celsius in Timaru on 4 April - the country's fourth highest April temperature on record.

NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino spoke to Susie Ferguson.