WEATHER WITH BEVAN CHOAT
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.