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Climate data and activities

NIWA produces a range of climate-related data. You can see some of it below, as well as related activities.

Find information about New Zealand's temperature record and climate change in our information and resources section.

Information and resources

Climate data

Overview of New Zealand climate
(Climate overview, rainfall and temperature graphs and for selected locations throughout New Zealand)
Climate summaries
(Annual rain, temperature, sunshine, frost and wind data for selected locations throughout New Zealand)
Mean relative humidity
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Mean number of days of ground frost
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Mean monthly sunshine (hours)
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Mean 10cm earth temperature (°C)
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Mean daily maximum temperatures (°C)
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Mean monthly temperatures (°C)
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand)
Mean daily minimum temperature (°C)
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Mean monthly rainfall (mm)
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand)
Mean monthly wet-days
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Mean daily global radiation (Mj/sq m)
(For selected locations throughout New Zealand, by month)
Climate extremes
(Highest and lowest rainfall, temperature, sunshine and wind)
Station details
(Station name, latitude, longitude, height, years of data)
The National Climate Databacse (CliFlo)
Australian monthly climate data 
(Maps, graphs and tables of averages for selected locations provided by Bureau of Meteorology website)
Worldwide monthly rainfall and temperature data 
(The WorldClimate website compiles climate data from many sources)

Worksheets

Graphing with Microsoft Excel
(Drawing bar graphs – all levels)
Escape the winter blues all year round
(Interpreting, processing and communicating information – MINZC: S3.2, S3.4)
Meteorologist for a day
(Calculating means – MINZC: S4.7, S5.3)
How cold is the Antarctic?
(Graphing data, communication – MINZC: N4.1, S4.3, S4.5, A5.3)
What is the chance of a warm summer in Invercargill?
(Simulation, interpreting graphs – MINZC: S5.6, S5.7, S5.9, S5.10, S6.8; NCEA: 90194 [1.6])
Using trigonometric functions to model climate
(Transformation of trigonometric functions – MINZC: M7.1, A8.15; NCEA: 90637 [C3.3])
What's up with the weather?
(Reading graphs – MINZC: S4.5, A4.3, A5.3)
Winter in Queenstown
(Negative numbers, reading a graph – MINZC: N4.1, A4.3, S5.7)
Weather plots: temperature and relative humidity
(Describing trends and relationships - MINZC: A5.3, S5.7, S6.6)

Climate Stuff for Students

Climate and weather FAQs, and links to other websites

Ideas for projects using climate data