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Slow start for September's spring sunshine

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016

September might have brought the start of spring, but the sun certainly wasn't shining over the North Island.

Wellington, Martinborough, Hamilton and Tauranga recorded their fewest September sunshine hours since records began while across the whole North Island sunshine hours were below normal.

Wellington also took the cake as the cloudiest city according to the National Climate Centre's monthly summary.

If the lack of sun wasn't enough the rain also came down in buckets, with above normal rainfall also recorded across the North Island.

The South Island fared slightly better with above normal sunshine hours and below normal rainfall.

But significant snowfall, flooding and weather-related slips and landslides did plague the South Island, particularly early in the month.

The good news for all was the arrival of warmer weather, with 34 places across the country reporting record or near-record mean maximum temperatures.


* Highest temperature - 25C in Christchurch.

* Lowest temperature - -6.1C at Mt Cook Airport.

* Highest one-day rainfall - 154mm at North Edgmont.

* Highest wind gust - 167km/h at Le Bons Bay and Akitio.

* Sunniest - 2057 hours at Richmond .

(Source: NIWA National Climate Centre.)

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