Wellington, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand recorded the warmest June since record management began, as ski resorts struggled to open and experts predicted a shorter winter in the south.
Gregor Macara, a climate scientist at the Government-owned National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, said a variety of factors led to the record, including increased winds from the mild north rather than the south of Antarctica and unusually warm sea temperatures. It was.
He said weather fluctuations would change from month to month. “But the underlying trends are rising temperatures and overall warming,” Makara said.
According to the research agency, the average temperature in June was 10.6 degrees Celsius (51 degrees Fahrenheit). This is 2 ° C above the June 30-year average and more than 0.3 ° C higher than previous records set in 2003 and 2014. Record keeping began in 1909.
According to Makara, New Zealand’s average temperature has risen by about 1 ° C in the last century. He said that if this trend continues, people can expect a slower, milder winter, followed by an earlier spring.
A week after many students take winter vacation, ski resorts are under pressure. Snow cameras at some large resorts show that many glides are studded with snow on the exposed rocks and soil. In some fields, snowmaking machines were used to open some runs with other lifts closed.
Paul Anderson, CEO of NZ Ski, which operates ski resorts at Coronet Peak, Mount Hutt and The Remarkables, remained bright.
“We always want a little more snow on the ground,” he said. “But it will snow well tomorrow, and then four or five days will be cool due to the production of snow.”
According to Anderson, his company is adapting to changing conditions by investing in snowmaking equipment and lifts that can withstand strong winds.
“It’s really clear that climate change is a reality. We can’t discuss that science,” Anderson said. “But it’s been a very long time.”
Some farmers welcome mild weather.
“This year was a godsend,” said Jim Galloway, president of Hawke’s Bay advocacy group Federated Farmers.
He said it was because of the warm climate and rain that finally grew grass and fed sheep and cows. It follows a two-year drought in his area.
“It helped a lot, but there’s a long way to go,” Galloway said. “There isn’t much groundwater. Basically, the dam is still empty.”
Drought is nothing new to farmers, but he said he was worried that warming would cause more frequent droughts, Galloway said.