Weather

From perfectly still sunny days to fresh gusts of wind, you’ll experience a variety of seasonal weather when you live in Wellington.

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You'll experience a variety of weather in Wellington, depending the time of year and where you are in the region. Wellington enjoys plenty of sunshine but is best known for it's wind, due to its position on the edge of Cook Straight - the upside is it's the world's least polluted capital city.

Wellingtonians are a hardy bunch who fully embrace the varied weather. You'll see beaches jam-packed in summer, cosy bars busy in winter, and if it's raining outside we just pop on our waterproofs and get out in the elements. Here's what you need to know about Wellington's climate and weather.

Summer at Oriental Bay

Temperatures

Temperatures in Wellington are generally mild thanks to our proximity to the sea. During summer, our daily temperatures average around 17°C to 21°C and rarely get above 25°C. The hottest month is usually February.

In winter, the temperature gauge dips down to around 6°C to 10°C, and while that might sound a little chilly, it's very rare to experience snow or frosty conditions unless a southerly blast passes through the capital. The coldest month of the year is July.

Temperatures tend to be warmer to the north of the city, towards the Kāpiti Coast.

Temperatures by month in Wellington

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High °C 20 21 20 17 15 12 12 13 14 16 17 19
High °F 68 70 68 63 59 54 54 55 57 61 63 66
Low °C 15 16 14 12 10 8 7 8 9 11 11 13
Low °F 59 61 57 54 50 46 45 46 48 52 52 55

Source: holiday-weather.com/wellington/averages

Beach people
Kaffee Eis icecream cones
Lyall Bay sandy beach people hill houses

Sunshine hours

You can't beat Wellington on a good day! On average, the city receives around 2025 hours (or 169 days) of sunshine per year. That's 30% more than London, a bit more than Auckland, and just a little less than Melbourne. Spring is the best time to catch the most hours of sunshine.

To maximise the number of daylight hours and make the most of our sunshine, New Zealand observes daylight saving. Daylight saving starts when clocks go forward by 1 hour from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April every year.

Windy Wellington

Wild wind is just part of our Wellington's culture. While our average wind speed is just 22mkh — the same as New York City's — it's true that at certain times of the year things can get a little more gusty. That's because Wellington is perched between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, so as the wind comes in from the west, it squeezes through the gap at Cook Strait, and gets faster: it's called the 'venturi effect'.

But, we don't let the wind worry us too much; infact, we fully embrace it. We build turbines on the hilltops to harness clean energy and go sailing or kite surfing on the harbour. We also breathe deeply, because that sea breeze provides us with some of the cleanest air of any city in New Zealand. Some people even say that the wind makes us a more resilient and enduring population of people.

Solace In the Wind sculpture on Wellington waterfront

Wellington has the same average wind speed as New York City.

Winter people

Rainfall

The average annual rainfall for Wellington is 1249 mm and June and July are usually the wettest months. Wellingtonians are well accustomed to braving wet weather and a good raincoat with a hood is a must in every resident's weather arsenal — along with a sturdy umbrella (despite the fact that we can't always get it open on a windy day).

For more information about Wellington's climate and weather, visit:

metservice.com

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