WEATHER WITH BEVAN CHOAT

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Septem­ber 2018 in Taupo¯ was very dry, but with aver­age tem­per­a­tures for the first month of spring. The month re­ceived less than half the ex­pected rain­fall and there were 11 con­sec­u­tive days from Septem­ber 5 to 15 in­clu­sive where no rain fell at all. Septem­ber pro­duced just 55mm of rain on 10 wet days while the ex­pected aver­age is 113.5mm on 15 days. The day­time max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture for the month av­er­aged 14.7 de­grees (0.8deg above the ex­pected aver­age) and the night time min­i­mum av­er­aged 3.5deg (0.8deg below the ex­pected aver­age). This meant the daily tem­per­a­ture for the month was 9.1deg, right on the aver­age. The warm­est day recorded was 20deg on the 20th and the cold­est night was a min­i­mum of -2.4deg on the 10th. There were eight ground frosts with the heav­i­est of those be­ing -6.5deg on the 10th. The com­ing month, Oc­to­ber is usu­ally the windi­est of the year in Taupo¯, but 2018 has not fol­lowed the nor­mal pat­terns and just maybe this year will be dif­fer­ent. How­ever, we can ex­pect one or two cold snaps as we in­deed did in Septem­ber. This week should be patchy with un­set­tled con­di­tions through­out.

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