Baring Head is the windiest spot in New Zealand

January 12, 2011 | Windsurfing
Baring Head: wind for everyone

New Zealand has unveiled the "State of the Climate 2010". There are several interesting conclusions to be analyzed by windsurfers and kitesurfers.

The first is that the windiest season of the year is Spring.

The New Zealand climate is influenced by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle, the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, and the Southern Annular Mode.

The highest recorded wind gust was 217km/h (117 knots), at Baring Head, near Wellington, on March 12th.

Wellington is still the windiest location in New Zealand and also the wettest.

Whangaparaoa was the warmest spot in the country, with an average temperature of 16.5 ºC.

The sunniest spot in New Zealand, 2561 hours of sunshine, is Whakatane.

The year’s highest temperature, 35.6ºC, was recorded, at Cheviot, on February 22nd.

The coldest temperature, -12.6 ºC, was recorded at Lake Tekapo on August 10th.

Milford Sound had the most rain on a single day, with 314 mm of water, on Anzac Day.

Clyde was the driest place in the country last year, with only 389 mm of rain.

Discover the windiest places on Planet Earth.

Check the Wind Speed and Direction for your windsurf and kitesurf session in the next seven days.

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