Much has been made of the weather in Dunedin in the last week due to the disruption in the cricket test between New Zealand and the West Indies.
A number of people,both inside cricketing circles and the general public at large, have made comments about holding such a test during the month of December.
When we look at the statistics, Dunedin has an average daily high of 19 degrees during the month and 70mm of rain usually falls.Unfortunately temperatures at times struggled to hit the teens and plenty of rain fell on day 2 and day 5 and impacted on the ground conditions, which resulted in further delays.
February and March are drier months in the southern city but there are never any guarantees as we all know. Twice before, cricket tests have either been completely abandoned or dramatically impacted in some way in the city.
It’s important to remember that Dunedin isn’t the only centre to have rain during cricket tests but often it’s the chilly conditions that can make it difficult for grounds to recover.
Napier is the venue for the next test starting on Friday and only time will tell if the Gods will be smiling or not.
Weather Analyst – Richard Green