How was most of winter for you?
Timaru had its wettest-ever winter, and Queenstown its sunniest, as New Zealand shivered in a colder than usual start to the season but then peeled off a few layers during an unusually mild second half.
In its seasonal climate summary, Niwa said winter was extremely wet in the north and east of the South Island, while being unusually dry in the west and south of the South Island.
Otago, south Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington were unusually cloudy, while the west and south of the South Island were extremely sunny.
At the start of winter in June frequent southwest winds over the country resulted in the weather being drier and cooler than usual. Then in the middle of July a change to more frequent northeast winds brought relatively mild and rather wet weather to many areas.
Leigh and Westport had their second-highest winter mean air temperatures on record, with Leigh's 13.7degC being 0.9degC above normal, while the 10.1degC average temperature in Westport was up 1 degree.
Timaru struggled with 245mm of winter rain, which was 190 per cent of normal.
Takaka was a whole lot wetter, with 856mm, but residents were more used to wet winters with the three-month total only 147 per cent of normal, and the fourth-highest on record.
The town also had its wettest ever one-day winter rainfall total with 204mm on July 14, although North Egmont had the wettest winter day for the country as a whole with 358mm on July 16, the area's second-wettest winter day.
The 471 hours of sunshine that beamed down on Queenstown was the town's highest winter total on record and 168 per cent of normal.
Taumarunui also had its sunniest winter, with 389 hours or 143 per cent of normal.
Takaka had more sun than Taumarunui, but for the Golden Bay town it was the gloomiest winter on record and the sunshine total was only 80 per cent of normal.
The warmest temperature this winter was 22.7degC in Christchurch on August 26, while the lowest temperature was -11.8degC at Darfield on June 7.
Christchurch also had its lowest-ever daily maximum on record - 0.4degC on June 6. Hamilton had its fourth-lowest winter daily maximum at 6.4degC, while Blenheim had its second-equal-lowest winter daily maximum with 5.6degC on June 6.
Timaru had its fourth-lowest daily minimum at -6.8degC on July 24, Paraparaumu had its fourth-equal-lowest with -4degC, Whanganui had its second-equal-lowest with -1.5degC on July 27. Arthurs Pass had its lowest-ever minimum temperature, recording -11.2degC on June 7.
Tauranga was the wettest of the six main centres, recording 512mm of winter rain, while Dunedin was the driest with 222mm. Auckland was sunniest with 448 sunshine hours, while Wellington was gloomiest with 320 hours.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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