One of the big reasons Brits move to New Zealand is…
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Weather in New Zealand
The NZ climate is different from the UK and one of the major reasons why people move here.
Spring officially runs from 1st September to 30th November.
Spring is generally characterised by warming temperatures and more sunshine. Temperatures are mild but you can get caught out by late snow caused by a southerly blast from Canterbury southwards.
Spring in the North Island generally brings warmer temperatures, winds and sunnier days interspersed with rainfall. There is a saying n New Zealand in spring, although often attributed to Wellington, if you don’t like the weather… wait a minute!
Autumn officially runs from 1st March till 31st May.
In the UK, autumn is quite pronounced with more rainfall, dropping temperatures and colder days the further you move towards winter. Autumn in New Zealand very much depends on the summer that has just preceded it. If it is a good summer, this can extend even until the end of April of May.
This year 2018, the temperatures were warm of the time of year with the North of the North Island and East coast in the lows 20’s Celsius until the end of April. It wasn’t until mid-may that temperatures started to drop to the mid to high teens Celsius. There is generally more rainfall, though sunny days do persist.
In New Zealand, summer officially runs from 1st December to 28th February. But you can expect the country to be warmer than the UK for up 8 months of the year depending on where you live.
Despite being further south, summers in the South Island can be very hot and dry with temperatures often above 30 degrees Celsius, particularly in Canterbury, Central Otago and Marlborough. The west coast of the South Island has a milder climate with a little more moisture and temperatures in the lows to mid 20’s Celsius.
Due to the geography of the North Island and the length of the island running North to south, the weather can vary greatly in summer. Hawkes Bay and the Gisborne region, have a Mediterranean climate with temperatures often in the low to mid 30’s Celsius and limited rainfall. Northland and Auckland have a more temperate climate with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s and some occasional rainfall.
In the south of the North Island, Wellington has temperatures in the low 20’s with lots of wind. The Waikato and Central North Island with the exception of the mountainous central plateau have temperatures in the high 20’s to early 30’s.
Winter officially runs from 1st June till 31st August.
The weather in the South island is very much influenced by which way the wind is blowing. Southerly winds can bring very cold temperatures (daytime 0-10 degree Celsius) and in some cases frosts and snow. Having said that if the wind is coming from the North the temperature can up to around 12 degrees during the day.
The South Island is of course blessed with beautiful mountains that provide excellent skiing in winter.
The weather is more varied in the North Island with Northland, Auckland an the Bay of Plenty quite mild compared to the UK. Neither really have frosts, there is no snow and daytime temperatures are usually around 14-16 degree Celsius. The Waikato which is more inland has similar day time temperatures but also experiences around 4 frosts per year with no snow.
The East Coast of coastal Hawkes Bay and Gisborne has a mild climate with temperatures similar to Auckland. Wellington’s weather depends on the direction of the wind. Southerly winds can be cool, 8-12 degrees while northerly winds bring milder temperatures of 14-16 degrees.