Weather

AUGUST

Weather

With David Crow

July clocked up some very heavy frosts and chilly overnight temperatures and while they were pretty impressive, our weather watcher, David Crow, says we didn’t hit any July records for the Wakatipu. Arrowtown clocked up a minus 13 degree frost in mid-July with a corresponding minus 10 degree air temperature to match. In Queenstown the air temperature dropped as low as minus 4.6 degrees, also in mid-July, with a heavy minus 7.5 frost on the same day. Heavy rain put paid to the long run of clear, blue sky sunny days and chilly overnight frosts later in the month with a decent snowfall to follow. David’s predicting that August will thankfully be drier and certainly warmer, in line with temperature trends. In spite of that we can probably still expect several cold spells bringing some good snow to the ski areas. “There will still be good skiing well and truly throughout August,” he says.

AUGUST AVERAGES

5.5°C

120.3 hours

60.3mm

22.8 days

RECORDS

Highest
Temperature

18.6°C

(1967)

Heaviest
Frost

-12.6°C

(1952)

Lowest
Temperature

-6.1°C

(1878)

Highest
Rainfall

330.2mm

(1991)

Highest
Sunshine

156.2 Hours

(1993)

Lowest
Rainfall

0.9mm

(1952)