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Autumn arrives

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! 


ato2 on 2/03/2009 3:42am

March is also warmer than December, here in New Plymouth

Weather geek 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!

WW Forecast Team 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!


WeatherWatch team

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