December second wettest month
December 2018 was wet! Rainfall for the month totalled 172.5mm (42mm above the expected average), falling on 16 wet days.
The heaviest 24-hour fall of 35mm was recorded on the 24th. This made December the second wettest month of the year, the wettest being February with 178mm.
December is normally a wet month in Taupo¯ and is also renowned for thunderstorms. December 2018 was generally mild with the average maximum temperature registering 22.1 degrees (1.3 deg above average) and the average minimum temperature 10.8 deg (0.5 deg below normal).
The year 2018 was overall dull and cooler than usual. Rainfall recorded totalled 1378.1mm on 171 wet days (229mm above the yearly average) while the yearly maximum temperature was 17.3 deg (1.3 deg below), the average minimum was 10.3 deg (2.9 deg above) and the daily temperature 13.8 deg (0.9 deg above).
The hottest day was 29.3 deg on January 29 and the coldest minus 4.1 deg on June 30. A total of 63 frosts were recorded in 2018, 13 less than the yearly average. The heaviest frost was -7.5 deg on July 24.
This week should be very mild with fresh westerly winds.