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Our atmosphere and climate 2020 8.74 MB

Our atmosphere and climate 2020 is the latest in a series of environmental reports produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ. New Zealand's changing climate is explored in five chapters that show how, why, and what is happening to New Zealand's climate and how the changing climate is beginning to affect the things the country cares about.

Key findings:

  • The report demonstrates increases in average winter temperature across all 30 sites surveyed, and increases in average summer temperature at 28 sites.
  • The report also found changes to weather patterns, such as increases in extreme rainfall, heatwave days, and dry spell days at some sites. The worsening of these conditions is likely to affect human health, Māori cultural identity, primary industries and more.
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