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Christchurch Climate & Temperature

  • Christchurch, New Zealand is at 43°31'S, 172°37'E, 7 m (23 ft). See map.
  • Christchurch has a marine west coast climate that is mild with no dry season, warm summers. Heavy precipitation occurs during mild winters which are dominated by mid-latitude cyclones. Seasonality is moderate (Köppen-Geiger classification: Cfb).
  • According to the Holdridge life zones system of bioclimatic classification Christchurch is situated in or near the cool temperate steppe biome.
  • The mean annual temperature is 11.7 degrees Celsius (53.1 degrees Fahrenheit). See the temperatures page for a monthly breakdown and the fixed scale graph.
  • Average monthly temperatures vary by 11.4 °C (20.5°F). This indicates that the continentality type is oceanic, subtype truly oceanic. Christchurch Climate Graph
  • In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 11°C (51.8°F) on average falling to 1.7°C (35°F) overnight.
  • In spring time temperatures climb reaching 16.7°C (62°F) generally in the afternoon with overnight lows of 7°C (44.6°F).
  • During summer average high temperatures are 21°C (69.8°F) and average low temperatures are 11.7°C (53°F).
  • Come autumn/ fall temperatures decrease achieving average highs of 16.7°C (62°F) during the day and lows of 7.3°C (45.2°F) generally shortly after sunrise.
  • Total annual Precipitation averages 615.2 mm (24.2 inches) which is equivalent to 615.2 Litres/m² (15.09 Gallons/ft²).
  • On average there are 1990 hours of sunshine per year. Visit the sunshine and daylight section to check monthly details including how high in the sky the sun reaches each month.
  • Were you to burrow down through the centre of the Earth from Christchurch you would pop up nearest to the climate station at La Coruna, Spain where you would find a Mediterranean climate (Cool temperate moist forest biome).

Christchurch Climate Table

  Climate Variable Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Annual
 
Average Max Temperature °C ( °F) 10 (50) 12 (54) 14 (57) 17 (63) 19 (66) 20 (68) 22 (72) 21 (70) 19 (66) 17 (63) 14 (57) 11 (52) 16 (61)
 
Average Temperature °C ( °F) 6 (42) 7 (45) 9 (49) 12 (53) 14 (57) 16 (61) 17 (63) 17 (62) 15 (59) 12 (54) 9 (48) 6 (43) 12 (53)
 
Average Min Temperature °C ( °F) 1 (34) 2 (36) 5 (41) 7 (45) 9 (48) 11 (52) 12 (54) 12 (54) 10 (50) 8 (46) 4 (39) 2 (36) 7 (44)
 
Average Precipitation mm (in) 68 (3) 60 (2) 41 (2) 44 (2) 50 (2) 45 (2) 46 (2) 42 (2) 58 (2) 53 (2) 58 (2) 51 (2) 615 (24)
Number of Wet Days (probability of rain on a day %) 14 (45) 11 (35) 10 (33) 11 (35) 10 (33) 11 (35) 10 (32) 8 (28) 9 (29) 10 (33) 12 (39) 13 (43) 129 (35)
Average Sunlight Hours/ Day 4h 03' 4h 40' 5h 38' 6h 01' 6h 52' 6h 15' 6h 56' 6h 26' 5h 36' 4h 46' 4h 17' 3h 52' 5h 26'
Average Daylight Hours/ Day 9h 17' 10h 25' 11h 53' 13h 25' 14h 43' 15h 21' 15h 00' 13h 55' 12h 29' 10h 58' 9h 39' 8h 59' 12h 00'
Percentage of Sunny (Cloudy) Daylight Hours 45 (55) 46 (54) 48 (52) 46 (54) 47 (53) 41 (59) 47 (53) 47 (53) 46 (54) 44 (56) 45 (55) 44 (56) 45 (55)
Sun altitude at solar noon on the 21st day (°). 26 34.3 45.6 56.9 66.1 69.9 66.3 57 46.3 34.7 26.4 23.1 46.1

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