Thought June was chilly? You'd be right

01:16, Jul 07 2009

Marlborough has shivered its way through the coldest June in nearly two decades.

Plant&Food Research scientist Rob Agnew said the average temperature of 7 degrees Celsius for June was the lowest June average Blenheim had experienced since 6.6C was recorded in 1991.

The average daily maximum temperature for June was 12.3C and the average daily minimum temperature was 1.6C.

Blenheim recorded 19 ground frosts, the most since 21 were recorded in 1992. There were also 14 air frosts, the most since 1976.

Despite the cold conditions, Mr Agnew said Blenheim's sunshine hours for June were surprisingly above average. The district was bathed in a total of 161.3 hours of sunshine, 107 per cent of the long-term average of 151 hours.

Rainfall of 52.2 millimetres made up only 92 per cent of the 57mm June long-term average.

A seasonal climate outlook released yesterday by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research for July to September said Marlborough could expect average temperatures with near normal rainfall, soil moisture and stream flows.


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