Story: Climate

Summer maximum daily temperatures, Auckland and Alexandra, 1981-2010

In general, the ocean moderates New Zealand’s temperatures. Auckland has the sea on three sides, so the maximum daily temperatures in the city’s Albert Park cluster around 20º–27ºC. But inland at Alexandra, in central Otago, the range is much greater. Some days are hotter than in Auckland, others are much colder. Alexandra’s temperatures are affected by the warm föhn wind, which sweeps down from the mountains in the west. This explains the second ‘bump’ at 27º.

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Source: NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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Brett Mullan, Andrew Tait and Craig Thompson, 'Climate - Regional climates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Brett Mullan, Andrew Tait and Craig Thompson, published 12 Jun 2006