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Climate in Canterbury
(New Zealand)

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures


All climatic 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 centigrade. 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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Hours of sunshine per daySunshine hours per day in Canterbury
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 shortest.
Rainy days per monthRainy days per month in Canterbury
A rainy day is a day on which at least an amount of 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 rainy days, July offers the most number of rainy days, and in February the least.
Precipitation in mm/dayPrecipitation in Canterbury
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 rain falls in September. May, 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
Christchurch380,20043° 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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