The city of the south has a variable climate and is often ridiculed by many around the country for its variety of weather but it’s not always four seasons in one day.
Invercargill boasts more than 50,000 people and many of the locals find the climate invigorating with it’s blustery and damp climate but there are spells of fine and warm weather.
Occasionally these come when much of the country is shrouded in cloud and rain from a depression with nor’ east winds. In this scenario, occasionally a high is centred near the deep south and brilliant sunshine with mild to warm temperatures can last for a few days on end.
In terms of rainfall, the southern city has less each year than either Auckland or Wellington and less smog than Christchurch but looking closely into the figures it reveals that there are more rainy days in Invercargill than most locations and it’s the third windiest city behind Wellington and New Plymouth, with gales not uncommon.
Sunshine totals are quite low in the main, with cloudy days quite common at anytime of year and even though it’s the dullest of cities overhead nationally, it’s still on a par with London in terms of annual sunshine hours!
There’s no doubt that temperatures are on the cool side but the highest temperature recorded is a shade over 32 degrees which puts it in the middle of the road when compared to other centres.
Local residents though have had a tough time in recent weeks and months, with cold westerlies often hammering away, bringing chilly and showery conditions frequently.This week saw a big hailstorm sweep through the city and plunging it back into what seemed like midwinter. Temperatures have been about 5 degrees to 10 degrees below normal on numerous days.
If you like variety, then Invercargill can deliver and those long summer evenings when the sun is shining, makes it all the more enjoyable especially for visitors!