Wet Start to Summer

Yesterday, Tawa experienced its wettest day so far this year.

Thursday, 11th December 2014

The New Zealand summer season officially starts in December, but sometimes the weather takes a while to change. Tawa had its wettest day for 2014 yesterday, when 43 mm of rain fell. That bought the total for December so far to 55 mm, close to the Tawa 9-year average for December of 73 mm.

The rain was steady but created few problems locally. Further north in Kapiti and Horowhenua districts, higher rainfall caused flooding problems, the Waikanae River burst its banks, and some roads were closed.

This year’s previous wettest days were April 16th with 40 mm of rain and January 3rd with 26 mm. Despite the wet day, the year is on track to being the third driest since Tawa Weather began recording weather data in 2005.

Tawa’s wettest day in the ten years that Tawa Weather has been operating was the 25th of May 2010 when 80 mm of rain fell.

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