What's the weather like?

Airport weather station. Image: Dave HoustonAirport weather station. Image: Dave HoustonWhile forecasts for the Chatham Islands often use pseudonyms for "showers" (rain at times, fine periods, occasional rain etc), rainfall in the Chatham Islands is only around 800 mm annually, with the winter months being wetter than summer. Rainfall is often brief showers as there are no mountains for cloud masses to press against, although the elevated southern end of the island does attract more rain that the north.

Temperatures are moderated by the surrounding ocean, with a mean range between the high of 14 deg C in February and 8 in July.  Wind and rapid weather changes are a feature of the Chathams, so never leave home without your parka!

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