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Embracing Dunedin’s weather

Dunedinites are passionate about their weather and here is how they embrace their own ‘unique’ weather scenario.

This southern centre is known for its chilly winters and biting frosts, but Dunedinites have turned their weather into something to celebrate.

Each year, festivals mark the change of seasons, celebrating the start of summer, the shortest day in winter and the Spring flowering of rhododendrons. The city is cold but dry, with rainfall of less than 800mm each year. Temperatures in winter average 4-13°C, reaching an average 9-19°C in summer months.

Average annual rainfall (mm): 812
Average annual sunshine hours: 1,585
Average summer temperature (°C): 15
Average winter temperature (°C): 8



RW on 28/10/2009 7:03pm

Re the temperature averages, it should be emphasised that these are daily means, not average daily maximum temperatures. The harbourside suburbs of Dunedin are not particularly frosty. The more irritating aspect of its climate to me is the cloudiness of the summers, in the sense that they are no brighter than the rest of the year – in fact as a % of possible hours recordable, December comes last, though February is about top-equal. The sunshine average quoted includes a number years of suspect data and newer instrumentation has been recording much higher values than the abvove average since it started in 2002. when I was a student there the cold had no particular impact at all.

Weather Geek on 28/10/2009 2:28am

Not a good place to play international cricket in November or early December. Cant believe that NZC did that last year…looking forward to summer.

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