New Zealand Climate

Third cool month in a row

September was the third consecutive month with below average temperatures. Much of the North Island was 0.5 to 1.0 °C below average.

Rainfall was well below average in northern New Zealand and Hawke’s Bay. Paeroa recorded its lowest September rainfall since records began in 1914.

Conditions were wetter than average in central New Zealand and much of Southland.

For more information on the climate in September, visit the climate summaries page at


Percentage of average rainfall for September 2004 (recording sites shown with dots). Click to enlarge.

Difference from average air temperature in degrees Celsius for September 2004. Click to enlarge.

Difference from normal surface water temperatures in the seas around New Zealand. Seas adjacent to New Zealand have been cooler than average.