Dunedin was the coolest and cloudiest of New Zealand's six
main centres last month.
Its average temperature was 10.2degC, 0.7degC lower than
normal and 0.7degC lower than Christchurch (10.9degC) and
4degC less than Auckland, Niwa's October climate report
It was also well short on sunshine with only 152 hours
recorded compared with Christchurch's 212 and Tauranga's 236.
Climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said it was a relatively
stormy October with more frequent southwest winds and lower
pressures than normal affecting New Zealand.
The winds made for cool month for the south and west of the
South Island with temperatures between 0.5degC and 1.2degC
below average, she said. The national average was 11.8degC.
Around the region, Balclutha recorded its fourth lowest mean
temperature of 9.1degC, -1.4degC below normal, while Ranfurly
recorded its third-highest daily maximum of 23.6degC on
October 30. Near-record low daily temperatures were
experienced in Wanaka, 5.8degC on the 13th; Cromwell, 6.8degC
also on the 13th; and Balclutha 7.8degC, on the 6th - all
were the towns' fourth-lowest recordings.