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Just how sunny has April been?

It’s been a very sunny month for parts of the country and although Gisborne might be lagging in the sunshine stakes for this month, the big yellow has made more of an appearance this week.
Whangarei may also have missed out on any potential records for April but elsewhere it’s looking brighter.

The six main centres are enjoying a sunny April and Dunedin could be on the verge of breaking a record for the month.Auckland and Christchurch are also enjoying a very bright month with Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga also showing some very healthy sunshine hours.

Provincial areas are also doing well with the Taranaki and Nelson regions, MacKenzie Basin, Central Otago and Southland districts having a very pleasant month in regards to the sun’s rays.

The next few days could see the hours continuing to climb and become near record breakers however a disturbance in the Tasman Sea could see cloud roll in for a little while during the weekend but early next week  further sunshine could return before May arrives.

Some high cloud has encroached over the far south over the last day or two which has seen the sun come and go a little.

We’re keeping a close eye on developments to see if any locations can topple any old sunshine records for the month of April.

Story by R.Green

Photo of Caroline Bay, Timaru looking west.


RW on 24/04/2012 2:31am

A number of places might break their local April sunshine records, though some unsettled weather coming up may stop that. Totals to the 22nd for a few places (record value in brackets):

Dunedin 142.3 (179)
New Plymouth 184.4 (228)
Tekapo 188.9 (229)
Nelson 184.4 (246)

kylie on 23/04/2012 11:18pm

It sure has been a lovely month here in invercargill with very little rain. Long may it continue.

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