LAST year was Hamilton’s second hottest since Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) record keeping began in 1965.
The town recorded an average daily temperature of 13.6 degrees Celsius, just shy of the record of 13.8 degrees Celsius set in 1988.
Australia recorded its hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.2 degrees above the long-term average of 21.8 degrees Celsius.
The previous record was set in 2005.
Nationally, the year started with a persistent heatwave in January, with Australia recording its hottest day (January 7), hottest week, and hottest month on record.
A new record was set for the number of consecutive days the national average temperature exceeded 39°C – seven days between January 2-8, almost doubling the previous record of four consecutive days in 1973.
DEPI’s Steve Clark said Hamilton recorded its hottest day for the year on January 4 when it was 41.7 degrees
The coldest day time temperature was 7.7 degrees on July 20 and coldest overnight temperature was -2.3 degrees on June 11.
“Hottest month was February with a daily average maximum of 27.7 degrees,” Mr Clark said.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 9, 2014