Rain pours down on Warkworth in 2018

Warkworth experienced its wettest year this century following above average rainfall counts for eight months of the year.

A total of 1955.5mm of rain fell. The previous record, since 2000, was 1780mm in 2003.

2018 had a particularly wet start to the year, with January seeing 179.5mm of rainfall. The only wetter January was in 2004.

February was the wettest ever this century, with 284mm falling, 27mm more than the previous high.

March through to June were all above average for rainfall. June boasted a record high of 258.5mm.

The previous June record of 229mm was set in 2009.

The rain eased off from July to October, with those months recording a below average count.

But November was back above average and December came in as the second wettest this century, with 197.5mm of rain, just behind the 205mm recorded in 2011.

This proved a real contrast to December 2017, which so far is the driest this century with 22mm falling.
June 20 was the wettest day in Warkworth last year, with 85mm falling.

Christmas Eve came in as the second wettest day, with 79.2mm of rain.

In addition to being particularly wet, last year also proved very warm, with temperatures equalling the second hottest year on record in New Zealand.

At 17C, Leigh registered the highest average temperature in New Zealand recorded by National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research stations.

Alexandra recorded the highest temperature in NZ in 2018 at 38.7C, while Mt Cook Airport had the lowest at -10.4C.

Milford Sound was the wettest place this year, with 6818mm of rain falling. The driest was Clyde, with
only 526mm of rain.

Arthur’s Pass experienced the wettest day last year, with 326mm of rain on November 8.

Nelson was once again the sunniest place to live, with 2555 hours of sun, down from 2663 hours in 2017.

Winds reached a national high of 187km/h at Akitio near Wellington.


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