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Are we experiencing more droughts?

New Zealand has a maritime climate that is dominated by the passage of generally eastward-moving air masses over large stretches of ocean before they reach our country.

Global experts confirm NIWA's finding on Southwest Pacific's coldest ever temperature

A World Meteorological Organisation panel has confirmed a finding that a temperature of -25.6°C observed at Eweburn, Ranfurly in New Zealand on 17 July 1903 is the coldest temperature recorded for the Southwest Pacific Region.

Name our new underwater Glider

NIWA is inviting the public to submit names for their new underwater Glider.

Is extreme weather the new normal?

New Zealanders have just experienced one of the driest summers on record – great for beachgoers and cricket lovers, but far from ideal for farmers and orchardists relying on rain to maintain productivity.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”.