New Zealand Climate
Coldest August since 1992
The average New Zealand temperature was 7.9 °C, the lowest August average temperature for more than 10 years. Much of the country was more than 0.5 °C cooler than average, and temperatures in parts of coastal Wairarapa and the South Island were more than 1.5 °C below average.
The low temperatures were associated with wet conditions in some areas. About 200% of normal rainfall fell in parts of Wairarapa, Canterbury, Otago, and coastal Southland. In contrast, rainfall was less than 50% of normal in inland Bay of Plenty and in parts of Northland.