The climate of Hawke’s Bay is influenced largely by the orography and the airstreams crossing New Zealand. It is a region of highly variable and sporadic rainfall, and large and occasionally sudden temperature variations. Hawke’s Bay is a sunny region with most areas having over 2000 hours per year. Hawke’s Bay is less windy than many other coastal areas of New Zealand, experiencing a high frequency of very light winds. Consequently, a large number of frosts occur during the cooler months of the year. Much of the rain in Hawke’s Bay occurs when the wind directions are predominantly easterly or southerly. Rainfall is extremely variable in spring and summer when westerly winds prevail over the country. In most years insufficient rainfall (dry spells) results in a total depletion of soil moisture to the extent that plant growth ceases. The high country areas of Hawke’s Bay are exposed and gales occur frequently. Showers of snow are frequent during the winter months in cold southerly conditions. (Information courtesy of NIWA)
Hawke's Bay Weather Report
Live Weather Data
There is a live weather station available in Central Hawke's Bay. The station is provided by CLAD Services Ltd and is available through their website:
If you host your own weather station inside Central Hawke's Bay and it is available on the internet, contact us and we will provide a link to your weather station on this page.
Historical Weather Data
Central Hawke's Bay District Council collects basic weather data from a weather station based near Waipukurau Airfield. The data dates from December 2000 to the present day and includes statistics for high and low temperatures, frost/grass minimum temperature, windspeed and direction, and rainfall. The data is downloaded from the weather station each day shortly after 10:00am and is imported into a database.
The weather database is able to be searched from the internet. Two datasets are available: a 24 hour Summary of the weather over the previous 24 hours from 10:00am and an Hourly Output of data which provides a summary of the weather during each hour of the day. The data is fully searchable by start and end date periods, low and high temperatures, and low and high rainfall figures.
You can find the online weather database here: Central Hawke's Bay District Council Weather.
In addition to providing a series of data that can be used for trends, it also may be useful in resolving those annual arguments about whether it really does rain every Labour Weekend.
The raw data from the Waipukurau weather station is now available for download. The data is in zip compressed TAB delimited text files available from this site.
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