Warm and wet June nears regional record

There's a reason the wood supply may be stretching a bit further this winter - last month was the second warmest June since records began 83 years ago.

Official weather statistics show Blenheim had a mean temperature of 10.8 degrees Celsius, 2.2C above the long-term average temperature of 8.8C. The warmest June on record was June 2003, with a long-term average of 10.9C.

A data summary from the Blenheim Meteorological station at the Marlborough Research Centre showed the average daily maximum temperature was 1.8C above average, while the minimum was 2.7C above average.

Despite the warmer temperature, sunshine hours were well below average at 133.4 hours .

Ground and air frosts in June were the lowest on record, with only two ground frosts, compared with 11 last year and 15 in 2012.

The coldest ground frost was -1.6C on June 1. There were no air frosts last month. It was only the second June in 83 years with zero air frosts. The last was almost 30 years ago in 1985.

June recorded a total of 98.3mm of rainfall, the 13th highest on record. The total rainfall for the six months from January to June this year was 387.9mm, well above the long-term average of 311.6mm.

Despite some gusty days, the average daily wind-run for June was 209km, with an average wind speed of 8.7kmh. The long term average for June is 226.5km.

The Marlborough Express