Weather and Climate

New Zealand is a distinct and unique topography and its geographical location to the south of the globe adds to the intriguing features. The weather and climate of New Zealand is largely influenced by its proximity to the sea, the Southern Alps and the unique latitude zone it lies in. The weather and climate of New Zealand is of great importance to its people, since most of the economy and the livelihood of the natives and settlers largely depends on the land and resources. New Zealand experiences a mild temperature and heavy rainfall. Most regions of the country are blessed with many hours of sunshine. The weather and climate of New Zealand is also dominated by the mountains and the sea, which form an indispensable part of the topography.

The weather and climate of New Zealand does not experience a vast temperature range, but it known to change unexpectedly. This is mostly the outcome and result of the cold fronts and tropical cyclones that quickly blow inland. This feature also affects tourism and adventure sports like hiking and other outdoor activities. The weather and climate of New Zealand is categorized into four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from September to November, while summer lasts from December through to the month of February. Then, there is the autumn season from March, through to May and the winter season from June to August.

The weather and climate of New Zealand is temperate, but the north has a typical subtropical weather during the summer months. On the other hand, the alpine areas of South Island get very cold in winter (-10 C).
The weather and climate of New Zealand displays mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and plenty of sunshine. The location of New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere results in a drop in temperature as one travels southward. During the summer months, the average maximum temperature usually ranges between 20 – 30ºC. The sunniest areas in New Zealand are the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson and Marlborough. New Zealand flaunts little air pollution, which results in strong UV rays during summer. Tourists and locals are advised to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats.
The average rainfall in New Zealand is between 640 mm and 1500 mm. The rainfall is evenly spread throughout the year and this adds to the beauty of the topography with the presence of forest areas, and great land for farming and horticulture. New Zealand’s summer comprises of high temperatures and sunshine. This makes the weather and climate of New Zealand ideal for outdoor activities in summer. The pristine beaches are perfect for sunbathing and surfing, and water sports, during the summer months.

In the autumn months, the temperatures are a little cooler. The colourful leaves make these months scenic. The winter months are colder, with rain in most areas in the North Island. The South Island also has cooler temperatures and little rainfall in winter. Spring witnesses the weather range from cold and frosty to warm and hot. The melting spring snow makes river rafting fun with the high water levels.

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