New Zealand Climate

Mild; dry in the north and east

November was a mild month, with warmer than normal conditions, particularly in the South Island. The national average temperature of 14.3 °C was 0.6 °C above the historical average.

Rainfall was 50% of average in Northland, Auckland, parts of Hawke’s Bay, and along the Kaikoura coast and North Canterbury.

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

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

Difference from normal surface water temperatures in the seas around New Zealand. Temperatures of seas adjacent to New Zealand were near average for November.