Monthly climate summaries from December 2001 to the present.


New Zealand’s 2nd-warmest July on record
An unusually dry start to winter.
New Zealand’s 3rd-warmest May on record
Wet and cool for inland parts of the South Island, variable elsewhere.
It was New Zealand’s equal 2nd warmest March on record.
Dry for most locations, drought for upper South Island
New Zealand’s 3rd warmest January on record.
Wet end to the year for the North Island and north-eastern South Island
Very wet for eastern and inland parts of the South Island
A dry month for much of New Zealand
A wet start to spring for some but dry for most
A dry end to winter for much of the South Island.
A warm mid-winter for most of New Zealand.
A dry start to winter for much of the South Island.
Warm and dry to start, followed by cooler and unsettled conditions.
Two large storms bring destruction to parts of New Zealand
The warmth continues everywhere and wetness for some - and the warmest start to the year on record.
Two ex-tropical cyclones impact New Zealand
January 2018 was New Zealand’s hottest month on record (since 1909) using NIWA’s seven-station series. Dozens of locations observed their record or near-record high mean temperature for January.
A very warm and dry month
Hot in the south and dry countrywide to end spring
A very dry and warm month for the South Island interior
A wet month for many and warm on the eastern coasts.
A warm end to winter, wet in central and southwestern parts of both Islands, dry for much of the east.