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Climate in Canterbury
(New Zealand)

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures


All climate diagrams on this site result from the collected data from two measuring weather stations in Canterbury.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.


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Canterbury is one of the coldest regions in New Zealand with an average daily high temperature of only 17 degrees. Due to the warmer temperatures, the best time for traveling is from January to February. Less attractive are the cold months from May to September.
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Sunshine hours per day
The number of hours of sunshine refers to the time when the sun is actually visible. That is, without any obstruction of visibility by clouds, fog or mountains. With 8 hours per day, November is the sunniest month in the region of Canterbury. In June, the sun shines the least.
Rain days per month
A rain day is a day on which at least 0.1 mm precipitation (=0.1 liter) per square meter falls. This can be rain, snow, hail or even dew. So it does not have to rain the whole day. With 9 rain days, July offers the most rain days, while February has the fewest.
Precipitation amount in mm/day
The amount of precipitation is measured in millimeters per square meter. Thus, at two mm/day, two liters of water fall on one square meter within 24 hours. With only 1.3 mm, the least amount of rain falls in January. July, on the other hand, has the most rain.
Map of Canterbury

Most important cities in the region »Canterbury«

The region has a west-east extension of about 130 km and over 140 km from north to south.

CityPopulationGeo position
Christchurch394,70043° 31' 60"S172° 37' 60"E
Ashburton30,10043° 53' 54"S171° 43' 48"E
Timaru28,00744° 23' 48"S171° 15' 13"E
Kaiapoi10,20043° 22' 42"S172° 38' 24"E
Prebbleton3,60043° 34' 60"S172° 31' 0"E
Rolleston3,12443° 34' 60"S172° 22' 60"E
Woodend3,05943° 19' 0"S172° 40' 0"E
Tinwald2,70343° 55' 0"S171° 43' 0"E
Lincoln2,23543° 38' 60"S172° 28' 60"E
Oxford1,77643° 17' 60"S172° 10' 60"E
Darfield1,59343° 28' 60"S172° 7' 0"E
Leeston1,27243° 46' 0"S172° 18' 0"E
Burnham1,23943° 37' 0"S172° 19' 0"E
Methven1,23643° 37' 60"S171° 39' 0"E
Pleasant Point1,18744° 16' 0"S171° 7' 60"E
Amberley1,10543° 10' 0"S172° 43' 60"E
Rakaia1,04343° 45' 0"S172° 1' 0"E


Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. Data on cities and inhabitants: geonames.org, United Nations Statistics Division and own research.
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