September 18 2014, updated 9:07pm

Warm July for Auckland

LAURA WALTERS
Last updated 17:27 05/08/2014

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Auckland had a particularly warm July despite temperatures for most of the nation normalising last month after the country experienced the warmest June on record.

According to Niwa's Monthly Climate Summary Auckland was the warmest of the six main centres last month, while Christchurch was the coolest and driest, Wellington was the wettest, Tauranga was the sunniest and Dunedin was the cloudiest.

Auckland's average temperature for the winter month was 11.3 degrees.  

The country's largest city also experienced below-average rainfall and more sunshine hours than the average July.

But Auckland was not alone, with most of the country experiencing a dry July, Niwa said.

The last day of the month was the warmest July 31 on record for Auckland, as temperatures hit a high of 19.2 degrees.

At the start of the month lightning strikes hit switch boards in Auckland, causing power outages in the suburbs of Papakura and Pukekohe. A Papakura resident's bed caught fire after a lightning strike travelled up their telephone wire and through to the modem in the bedroom and several windows were broken at a neighbouring property.

The wild windy weather on July 8 and 9 caused some regional flight services in to Auckland Airport to be cancelled and Auckland ferry services to Devonport, West Harbour, Pine Harbour, Halfmoon Bay, Northcote, Birkenhead and Bayswater were cancelled.

Fog forced the cancellation of international and domestic flights at Auckland Airport to be delayed, diverted or cancelled on July 14.

Auckland Ferry services were also disrupted by fog, with ferries forced to lower their speeds because of poor visibility.

But Northland did not experience the same dry month as the majority of the North Island, with heavy downpours causing flooding in the region.

The three-day rainfall totals in the Northland region near the start of the month equated to a 1-in-60 year event, Niwa said.

Heavy rain fell in many parts of the Far North, resulting in considerable surface flooding and road closures from July 8-12, Niwa said.

Two people required rescue from their vehicles which became stuck in floodwaters at the bottom of Lemon's Hill on SH 11 at Kawakawa.

A week later heavy rain again struck the Far North again, leaving 14 people stranded in their houses as floodwaters passed through their properties.

Nearby, a car heading along SH 12 was swept away by a flash flood before coming to rest in a ditch, with the occupant requiring rescue from emergency services and SH 1 between Auckland and Whangarei was blocked by three slips and flooding at Brynderwyn.

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