Complaints about the cold weather this month are justified as some parts of the country have reported their lowest temperatures.
More than 30 weather stations around New Zealand have also had daily maximum temperature recordings that are either the lowest ever recorded or at least in the top four coldest for July.
Kaitaia Kerikeri and Warkworth have all recorded their lowest July temperatures. On Saturday Kaitaia experienced 0°C while a chilly Sunday brought Kerikeri to -0.7°C and Warkworth to -2.3°C.Te Kuiti plummeted to -4.9°C overnight on Sunday marking it as the coldest July temperature for the town since records began in 1959. In fact Te Kuiti has felt its two lowest July temperatures on record over the past three days.
In Greymouth a -2.6°C snap on July 9 put it in the record books as the coldest July temperature there since records begin in 1947.
Cape Reinga – Kaitaia – Port Taharoa in Waikato – Waione in Hawke’s Bay and Ngawi in Wairarapa have all had their lowest daily maximum temperatures also since records began in those areas.