Predicting New Zealand Weather

Predicting New Zealand Weather

New Zealand is a relatively informal society. The people are relaxed friendly open and enjoy sharing their country with overseas visitors and are happy to assist tourists needing information or help.

New Zealand Wheather

New Zealand Wheather

Spring, Summer and Autumn from September to April are amongst the most popular seasons for travellers , although the ski season is also a major attraction during the winter months .

New Zealand climate is very changeable. The North on the North Island is subtropical while the remainder of the country is temperate. All regions are subject to sudden changes in the weather. On the South Island, it is not unusual to find a hot summer day averaging from 30 degrees C or 86 degrees F to be followed by temperatures as low as 15 to 20 C or 60 to 68 F. Average summer temperatures range from 20 to 30 C or 68 and 86 F and winter between 10 to 15 C and 50 to 60 F. The greatest extremes experienced on the island Central Otago region where summer temperatures often rise above 30 C and 86 F and in winter fall to bellow 0 C. The West coasts of both mail Islands are in the path of westerly winds which brings rain in from the Tasman sea. Although the east is much drier and sunnier than the wet, humid climate of the west sustains dense and varied rainforests.

Spring is usually unsettled throughout the country which can bring more rain and wind than the other seasons. People enjoy the coastlines, lakes and rivers during summer season when water temperatures are pleasant for swimming in most regions. From February to late April, the weather is warm and settled. Snow in winter fall mainly in the mountains although the inland regions and coastal parts of the southern South island occasionally experience heavy falls. Winter is not as cold in New Zealand as in the northern hemisphere.

Time Differences

New Zealand is twelve hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and two hours ahead of Sydney. Clocks are put forward one hour each October for daylight savings which lasts until March .New Zealanders enjoy a number of outdoor spectator sports , they are passionate about rugby which is worth visiting during rugby season from March to October . Cricket can be highly entertaining at the day night cricket test matches that begin in the afternoon and are played through the evening under lights. One of the very first and popular Bungy Jumping spots is from the historic bridge over the Kawarau River in Queenstown. Jet –Boating designer Bill Hamilton, one of the local engineers and farmer perfected the design of the jet boat which is used to take tourists down waterways on the shallowest water and can turn almost instantly at 360 degrees  Some operators offer jet-boat adventure trips to tourists.

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