An Insurance Business Magazine article.
New Zealand has experienced an exceptionally warm year in 2021, with a possibility that it could be the hottest ever recorded.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has yet to release the official temperature statistics, but a veteran climate scientist has argued that 2021 set a record in temperature, the NZ Herald reported.
According to University of Tasmania professor Jim Salinger, 2021 had a record-high mean land surface temperature of 13.5oC, or 0.9oC above the 1981 to 2010 average. This exceeded the previous high of 13.45oC in 2016.