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Climate Summary – Sept 2008: Mild start to spring

National Climate Summary – September 2008: Mild start to spring

• Temperature: Above average for most of the country, especially in South Canterbury, and Central Otago.

• Rainfall: Low in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, and all of the east coast of the North Island; high in Wellington, Nelson, and Central Otago.

• Sunshine: Above average for much of the North Island (with the exception of Kapiti and Wellington), North Canterbury, and South Otago.

Further highlights:

• The lowest temperature during September was recorded at Alexandra on the 6th, where the minimum temperature was -6.0°C. The highest temperature during September 2008 was 26.8°C, recorded at Timaru on the 23rd during a strong north-westerly air flow.

• The highest 1-day rainfall was 236 mm recorded at Mount Cook on the 23rd (the third highest 1-day total for September at this location since records began in 1928).

• The highest wind gust for the month was 169 km/hr at Castlepoint on the 27th, the highest September gust speed for this location since records began in 1972 (this same location had the highest gust for the nation last month as well; 128 km/hr on the 22nd of August).

• Of the five main centres, Auckland was the warmest and sunniest, Wellington was the wettest, and Christchurch the coldest and driest.

Full summary:

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