March 2024 rainfall

Autumn arrived in Taranaki in March with an average air tempeature of 14.5°C - 1.7°C cooler than normal. The highest temperature was 25.7°C at Inglewood at Oxidation Ponds.

There was an average of 95.9mm rainfall – 14% less than usual – although there were some big downpours on te Maunga with 374.5mm at the North Egmont Visitors Centre and 351mm at Dawson Falls. There was 41% less rain at Brooklands Zoo at New Plymouth and 33% more at Kotare at OSullivans.

Mean river flows for March were 38.7% lower than typical values, low flows were 19.3% greater, and high flows 48.4% lower than typical values while mean river (non-mountain) water temperatures were 15.3°C, an average of 1°C cooler than normal.

March average wind speeds were 13.5km/hr, with average gust strength of 46.5km/hr. The maximum wind gust recorded in March was 99.7km/hr at Waitotara at Ngutuwera.

March 2024 Environmental Data Report [PDF, 3.4 MB]

March 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.