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Mean monthly rainfall, 1971–2000

Mean monthly rainfall, 1971–2000

This graph plots the mean monthly rainfall at Kaitāia in the far north, Kelburn in Wellington (central North Island), Lincoln near Christchurch (central South Island) and Dunedin further south. While rain falls evenly on the South Island sites throughout the year, both North Island places have significantly more in winter (June–August). This is because the rain-bearing westerlies move northwards in winter.

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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