New Zealand may have had its hottest year on record

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.

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