Are you feeling deprived of sunshine?

Olive Rose, 4, braves the weather at Wellington's Waitangi Market in July.
Olive Rose, 4, braves the weather at Wellington's Waitangi Market in July.

Wellingtonians can be forgiven for feeling sun-deprived this winter after recorded sunshine hours for July fell well short of the average.

Wellington was the cloudiest of the six centres last month according to a report from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

Sunshine hours in the capital were recorded at 85 per cent of normal, while in contrast, many other places around the country recorded normal or higher than normal sunshine hours.

It wasn't all bad news for Wellingtonians, however, with temperatures slightly warmer than average.

Temperatures came in at an average of 9.3 degrees - almost half a degree above average.

Rainfall fell at normal levels with 145 mm falling on Wellington last month while in many parts of the country it exceeded the average.

It was an extremely wet July for Wairarapa, southern Hawke's Bay and Gisborne with more than 150 per cent of normal rainfall recorded.

Across the country, the first half of July was unusually cold and dry as anticyclones brought clear skies and frost.

This was in contrast to northwest winds which produced unusually warm temperatures for the second half of the month.

This week promises to be unsettled as several different weather systems descend upon the country at once.

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said it would be a week to keep raincoats close to hand.

For Wellington and the lower North Island showers and thunderstorms are expected from tomorrow until the rain eases on Thursday.

The end of the week is looking drier though rain is forecast again from Sunday.

Contact Shabnam Dastgheib
Breaking news reporter
Twitter: @shab_d

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