Now we’re into the second day of autumn officially, will the next 3 months be a ‘ usual ‘ season?
Summer was warm in January nationally and remained warm in northern and central regions throughout last month too but the south bucked the trend, as cooler than average temperatures took hold in coastal areas of Canterbury, Otago and Southland combined with lower sunshine figures.
March can be quite settled and for some folk they include it as a summer month, mainly because recent years suggest that the warmth often continues into the third month of the year over much of the country.
In recent times, daylight saving has been pushed backed to early April and although this means lighter evenings and temperatures remaining a little higher due to the sun being with us a bit longer, the mornings are quite the opposite with the sun not rising until later and therefore temperatures tend to be a tad cooler first thing.
Once again this season will have its usual pleasant sunny days along with some unsettled periods and will we have more extremes of weather? It’s highly likely!
on 2/03/2009 3:42am
March is also warmer than December, here in New Plymouth
on 1/03/2009 9:34pm
Not sure its Autumn in Auckland until April. March is statistically warmer than December and yesterday, the “first day of Autumn” was a stinker!
on 1/03/2009 11:03pm
Yes it’s a little odd that yesterday was so warm!
Northland and Auckland and a few other areas in the north can maintain that warmth a little longer and a few warm days in May aren’t all that uncommon either!