Overcast summer time ushers in a brand new decade in Wellington

Wellingtonians now have knowledge to again up our bummer summer time gripe: Sunshine hours have been down whereas wind and rain have been up.

However as Lewis Ferris from MetService places it, overcast days have been the theme of summer time in Wellington so-far.

“The essential factor to notice is that the cloud base has been fairly low additionally, this performs into the muggy feeling. Moist December, dry January.”

On the Kelburn station sunshine hours for December and January have been 93 per cent of regular, in comparison with summers courting again to 1928.

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Rainfall was 1.22 instances the common for the 2 months. However most of that got here in December with a notably dry January which had solely 36 per cent of its regular rainfall.

Sunshine hours have been slightly lower than normal this summer in Wellington (File photo).


Sunshine hours have been barely decrease than regular this summer time in Wellington (File photograph).

Wind for the 2 months was 10 per cent greater than common.

Summer season was simply three days outdated when, on December three, Mt Kaukau recorded its second highest December wind gust since Niwa information started in 1969. That was 145kmh.

Rain has been a feature of summer in Wellington (File photo).


Rain has been a characteristic of summer time in Wellington (File photograph).

December three was additionally the day that about 40 flights in and out of the capital were cancelled by sturdy winds, harbour ferries have been restricted or cancelled, bushes fell on to vehicles, and witnesses stated the wind wand sculpture blew to close 90 levels.

It was an indication of the summer time to return.

A tree fell on top of a parked car in Hataitai as strong winds buffeted Wellington in early December.


A tree fell on prime of a parked automotive in Hataitai as sturdy winds buffeted Wellington in early December.

By December 20, a Niwa station at Baring Head recorded a wind gust of 124kmh – its second highest gust there since information started in 1991.

At Greta Level there have been simply three December days when the best gusts recorded there have been beneath 50kmh.

By January issues had calmed marginally however there was nonetheless an early-January day when the best gust hit practically 100kmh.

Regardless of feeling windy, Maria Augutis from Niwa, stated it was not the windiest month on file, nor wouldn’t it present up on any rankings record.