December 2023 rainfall

December was a slightly drier and warmer month than usual for most of Taranaki with 159.1mm of rainfall – 3% less than usual.

There was 3% less rainfall than average, ranging from 60% less rain at Kaupokonui at Glenn Rd to 61% more rain than normal at Waiwhakaiho at Hillsborough. The year's rainfall ranges from 12% less rainfall at Omahine at Moana Trig, and 10% more rainfall at Omaru at Charlies, with an average of 2% less than a normal year.

The average air temperature for Taranaki was 16.6°C, which is 0.4°C warmer than long-term December averages.

Mean river flows for December were 30.3% lower than typical values while mean river (non-mountain) water temperatures were 17.2°C, an average of 0.4°C warmer than a typical December. Average wind speeds were 15.8km/hr, with average gust strength of 42.9km/hr. The maximum wind gust recorded in December was 85.3km/hr at Waiwhakaiho at Hillsborough.

December 2023 Environmental Data Report [PDF, 3.7 MB]

December 2023 rainfall maps

What you should know:

  1. The site maps show data from a selection of the sites we monitor, but not all of them.

  2. The distribution maps are based on mathematical modelling and may not accurately represent actual rainfall in some unmonitored areas.

Click on each map for larger version.