January 2024 rainfall

January was warmer than usual while rainfall for the month was just slightly above normal – but with some big differences across the region.

Waitotara at Ngutuwera had 53% less rain than usual while Uruti at Kaka Rd had 39% more. The average rainfall for the region was 108.4mm, 2% more than usual. The average air temperature for the region (excluding Te Maunga sites) was 18.2°C, which is 0.6°C warmer than long-term January averages. The highest temperature was 30.3°C at Waitotara at Hawken Rd.

Mean river flows for January were 7.7% lower than typical values, low flows were 36.7% greater, and high flows 10.3% lower than typical values while average river (non-mountain) water temperatures were 18.8°C, 0.4°C warmer than long-term January values.

As well as being the driest part of Taranaki in January, Waitotara at Ngutuwera also had the highest wind gust recorded – 95.4kmh.

January 2024 Environmental Data Report [PDF, 3.5 MB]

January 2024 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.