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NZ’s easiest weather location

Yesterday we took a look at the toughest forecasting area where the weather report struggles to coincide with what’s actually happened for one particular location.
Christchurch took out the title with its temperature fluctuations, nor’ westers coming and going, squally southerly changes and cold nor’ east winds.

On the flip side where do you believe is the most accurate area of the country in terms of predictions?

It would make sense to take a look at high sunshine hours which could be a good indicator however is that the only factor or are there other factors to take into the equation. Please let us know your thoughts by adding a comment.


RW on 4/04/2011 10:16pm

New Zealand in a global context has a changeable maritime climate with no true dry season anywhere. In Mediterranean zones one could plan an outdoor warm season event months ahead and have a negligible chance of it being spoiled by rain. One cannot do this in NZ, even for the driest or sunniest locations. A good example is the bad run Napier has had with cricket tests.

Guest on 5/04/2011 11:22pm

It’s a well known myth in cricket circles here in NZ, that a surefire way of breaking a drought in a particular area is to schedule a cricket test!!!

swisskiwi on 4/04/2011 9:32pm

fantastic moderate climate – does that ring through with the stats?

Guest on 4/04/2011 8:26pm

Kaitaia. Warmest place in the country on average with no real extremes.

Guest on 4/04/2011 9:02pm

Whangarei actually edged out Kaitaia as the warmest on average in Northland last year, according to NIWA – by 0.4 degrees though, so not very much! I tend to agree, though, Kaitaia tends to be more settled than areas on the east coast.

guest on 4/04/2011 8:00pm

Motueka has a great summer and pleasant winter. Lock it in.

Rach on 4/04/2011 7:58pm

Twizel is easy as it’s never that windy and it doesn’t change too quickly.
Bit cold today though!

Dan on 4/04/2011 7:34pm

Gisborne is ideal. Surf and sun most of the year. Getz my vote for easiest place to get weather right. Thanx dudes.

sw on 4/04/2011 7:03pm

Auckland due to its proximity to the sea,though anticyclones when east of us the rain timings can vary and amounts forecasted,when its southwest flow,ever so predictable,cloudy periods in summer though rain/showers tends to be low and winter/spring ghastly from that direction.(frequent horizontal showers and 8/8)

RW on 4/04/2011 10:08pm

I’d never have guessed. 8/8 is your favourite exaggerated number.

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