Jokes about Dunedin being "the Riviera of the South" may have
to be reconsidered after the highest temperature in the
country last month - 32degC - was recorded at Dunedin
International Airport on Christmas Day.
The noughties were the warmest decade on record in New
Zealand, although last year was cooler than average, latest
climate figures from the National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Research (Niwa) show.