Wellingtonians are shivering under yet another southerly blast today. July 2006 looks set to make additions to the weather record books, with the regional council announcing that new July rainfall records may be set in both Wairarapa and Wellington.

In Tawa, the first twenty days of July have been wetter and colder than the entire month last year.

The Tawa weather station recorded an average temperature of 10.4 °C and 124 mm of rain during July last year.

In the first twenty days of July 2006, it has recorded an average temperature of 9.7 °C and 198 mm of rain.

Rainfall figures for the year to date are about to exceed the entire rainfall for 2005. So far, 712 mm of rain has fallen in Tawa this year, compared with the entire annual rainfall figure for 2005 of 713 mm.

Today has been particularly cold too, although the final figures for the day will not be calculated until midnight. By late afternoon, the thermometer had hovered between 5 °C and 7 °C for most of the day, with a brief maximum of 8.0 °C at 12:58 p.m.

A southerly gale blew for most of the day, bringing the occasional sunny spell, squalls with hail and chilly rain.

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