It was a warm September for most parts of the country, but Hawke's Bay was the hot spot.
Napier recorded the highest temperature for the month, with 25deg on the 22nd and sunshine hours up 10 percent on this time last year.
Dunedin Airport, Queenstown and Gisborne came close with 24.9deg, 24.3deg and 24.9deg respectively.
Mahia averaged around 13.1deg during September - the highest mean temperature in New Zealand.
The national average was 11.5 deg - 1.1deg above normal for this time of year.
Hamner Forest recorded the chilliest temperature with -5.6deg on the 11th.
Christchurch was the driest and sunniest, and Auckland the wettest of the five main centres.
Record low rainfall occured over many parts of the country, with 25 percent less than normal in Waikato, southern Wairapara, Marlborough and parts of Otago.
For the first time since records began in 1949, no rainfall was recorded at Kaikoura.
MetService Weather ambassador Bob McDavitt said a regional forecast would not be available for a few days.
However, the developing El Nino weather pattern would bring strong south-westerly winds and drier conditions especially in the east of New Zealand over the next few months.