Average Weather in Waimate North New Zealand
In Waimate North, the summers are short and comfortable; the winters are long, cold, and wet; and it is windy and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 75°F and is rarely below 45°F or above 78°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Waimate North for warm-weather activities is from late December to late March.
The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 22 to March 22, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is February 7, with an average high of 75°F and low of 63°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.7 months, from June 1 to September 24, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is August 16, with an average low of 50°F and high of 58°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Waimate North, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Waimate North begins around January 11 and lasts for 2.9 months, ending around April 8. On March 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 8 and lasts for 9.1 months, ending around January 11. On December 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 43% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Waimate North varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from May 10 to October 1, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on July 6.
The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from October 1 to May 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on January 29.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 40% on July 6.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Waimate North experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Waimate North. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 13, with an average total accumulation of 4.5 inches.
The least rain falls around October 25, with an average total accumulation of 2.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Waimate North varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is June 21, with 9 hours, 46 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 14 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:02 AM on December 6, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 37 minutes later at 7:39 AM on April 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:18 PM on June 13, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 25 minutes later at 8:43 PM on January 7.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Waimate North during 2020, starting in the spring on September 27 and ending in the fall on April 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Waimate North experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from December 19 to April 8, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 3% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 15, with muggy conditions 12% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is August 24, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Waimate North experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from May 16 to November 28, with average wind speeds of more than 14.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is June 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 15.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.6 months, from November 28 to May 16. The calmest day of the year is April 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Waimate North varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 4.0 days, from January 11 to January 15 and for 2.1 months, from March 4 to May 6, with a peak percentage of 33% on March 10. The wind is most often from the east for 1.6 months, from January 15 to March 4, with a peak percentage of 36% on February 12. The wind is most often from the west for 8.2 months, from May 6 to January 11, with a peak percentage of 30% on January 1.
Waimate North is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.9 months, from January 12 to April 9, with an average temperature above 67°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 20, with an average temperature of 69°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.1 months, from June 27 to October 31, with an average temperature below 61°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 26, with an average temperature of 59°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Waimate North throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Waimate North for general outdoor tourist activities is from late December to late March, with a peak score in the second week of February.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Waimate North for hot-weather activities is from late January to late February, with a peak score in the second week of February.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Temperatures in Waimate North are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 2 to February 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is January 3, with an average of 7.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from April 30 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 2.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Waimate North are -35.317 deg latitude, 173.883 deg longitude, and 459 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Waimate North contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 614 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 480 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,739 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,651 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Waimate North is covered by cropland (45%) and trees (38%), within 10 miles by trees (63%) and grassland (14%), and within 50 miles by water (62%) and trees (26%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Waimate North, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Waimate North is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Waimate North, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .