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National Climate Summary – June 2006

National Climate Summary – June 2006

• Severe winter snowstorms hit Canterbury and the central North Island

• Temperature: Coldest June since 1972

• Sunshine: Well above average in western and southern regions; record

June totals in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki and coastal Otago

• Precipitation: Above average in many eastern regions, especially South

Canterbury; below average in Bay of Plenty

Two severe winter snowstorms accompanied by bitterly cold conditions,

and later heavy frost contributed to a particularly cold June. The

national average temperature of 7.3 °C was 1.2 °C below the 1971-2000

normal. This was the coldest June since 1972 which recorded 6.7 °C. The

regions with the largest anomalies, more than 2.0 °C below average, were

Waikato, King Country, inland Marlborough, South Canterbury, and North

Otago. Parts of South Canterbury and North Otago recorded their lowest

June mean temperatures in more than 50 years of record. One snowstorm

hit Canterbury over 11-12 June, producing snow depths of 15 – 90 cm.

The other affected the central North Island over 20-22 June. These were

accompanied by bitterly cold conditions, and later heavy frost. There

were more days than average in June with air frost over much of New

Zealand, especially in the central North Island and the southeast of the

South Island. Precipitation was about 200 percent (twice) of normal in

South Canterbury. In contrast, June rainfall totals were 50 percent

(half) or less of normal in much of Bay of Plenty. June was much

sunnier than normal in all western and southern regions, with record

high June totals in Northland, Auckland, and Waikato, and coastal Otago.

Anticyclones (‘highs’) were much more frequent than average for June

in the Australian Bight with ridges of high pressure extending into the

south Tasman Sea. This pattern resulted in frequent cold southerly winds

over New Zealand.


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