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July temperatures drop to more average levels

June was packed with mild airflows which made for the warmest June on record in New Zealand…now July is half way over and this month is proving much cooler, despite some warm weather.

As we predicted at the end of June, July was going to see more southerlies – and this week is a great example of that.  Highs as far north as Auckland are struggling to make double digits or even the early teens.

This is normal for this time of the year, and in fact in a few areas are still above average, although not by a lot, in the north.

Overnight lows are dropping this week.  For example Central Otago is expected to drop to -6 this morning.

By the time the weekend arrives warmer than average conditions will return for a time around northern New Zealand.

However next week, nationwide, kicks off with a cold, windy, and showery sou’wester – and again daytime highs will be much lower than they were last month – but for the most part, are around average now.



Peter on 16/07/2014 8:24pm

Interesting viewing late yeasterday on

Host of helium high altitude balloons seemingly released off West Coast, South Island, tracked along the coast into the bight, swept past Taranaki on up the coast to about the Kaipara region, then appeared to track along Northland’s West Coast before heading into the Tasman.

Looking at your wind map reminded me. Wish I’d cecked that at the time I was watching the radar site.

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