De­cem­ber se­cond wettest month

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News | Police -

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.

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