July 'warmer and drier than usual'

02:21, Jul 20 2014

After days of southerlies, rain and hail, Wellingtonians might think July has been a record month for bad weather, but in fact it has been warmer and drier than usual.

The average July temperature to date was 10.1 degrees at Wellington Airport, warmer than the average of 9.3 degrees since 1962, said Metservice meteorologist David Miller.

Just 55.8 millimetres of rain had fallen this month, half the usual July rainfall of 110mm. Wellington's wind speeds were normal for July, blowing at an average 25 kilometres per hour, compared to the long-term norm of 24kmh.

"The last few days have been quite miserable, but think back a week or so and the weather was settled," Miller said.

Despite today feeling distinctly chilly, it was 9 degrees, far from the coldest day of the year, Miller said. A bitter southerly blowing at 45kmh made it feel colder out of doors, however, he said.

"It's not that cold, but it feels a lot colder than it actually is."

The next few days would continue to be cool, with an unstable south-westerly flow developing tomorrow, Miller said. Snow could be expected on the Rimutaka hills on Monday evening.

Mid-week, some sunshine was forecast, with highs of 10 and 11 degrees, then some wetter, but warmer, weather would return.


The Dominion Post