Dunedin dry and sunny in June

While most of New Zealand was experiencing heavy rainfall and cloud during June, Otago was basking in generally dry, sunny and cool weather.

Nationally, the weather for June was very wet, including record rainfall in Central Otago on the sixth, with close to average temperatures, the National Institute of Atmospheric Research (Niwa) climate summary for June says.

Climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said in contrast, temperatures were below average for inland and eastern areas of the South Island and were well below average in small pockets of Otago.

Record low average minimum temperatures were experienced in Dunedin of -0.2degC, about -0.5degC lower than normal.

Balclutha was similar, with its second-lowest average minimum temperature of 0.4degC, -1.3degC lower than normal.

The town also registered its third-highest sunshine hours of 117 since records began in 1964.

Sunshine totals were also well above normal in Dunedin with 116 hours recorded, 134% of normal.

The city recorded 89% of its normal rainfall at 64mm, making it the driest of the six main centres, and its mean temperature was near average at 7.3degC - a degree higher than Christchurch's average.

Central Otago experienced some heavy rainfall with Alexandra recording its highest extreme one-day reading of 27mm on the sixth, as did Cromwell with 30mm.

Ms Griffiths said weather events worth noting included rainfall on June 7 and 8 about Oamaru and Otago Peninsula which caused some surface flooding and slips on land sodden by May's rainfall.

Snow fell overnight and on the morning of June 23, closing schools and disrupting traffic on many roads in the alpine areas, she said.


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