Dunedin came close but it was Christchurch's sunshine which
set January records.
Dunedin recorded its eighth-sunniest month since records
began - the sunniest month was 279 hours in January 2008 -
and its third-sunniest January since 1947, Niwa figures show.
The city recorded 237 hours of bright sunshine, short of the
January 2008 record and the 239 hours in the same month in
Niwa climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said sunshine
totals were high along the east coast of the South Island in
January, because of a combination of more northwest winds
than usual over the South Island, and a blocking high which
parked over and to the east of the country for the second
half of the month.
It was the sunniest January on record for Christchurch,
Cheviot, Ashburton and Lake Tekapo, and near-record high for
Balclutha and Cromwell.
Christchurch recorded 289 hours of sunshine, its sunniest
January since 1949 and its second-sunniest month since
records began. The sunniest month was December 1988, with 295
Balclutha recorded its second-highest sunshine hours at 265
hours and the sixth highest of any month, and Cromwell
recorded 306 hours, its second-highest for January and for
Elsewhere, sunshine totals were generally above normal.