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2021 comes to a close

It is time to say good-bye to 2021. We will finish the year with a fine, dry, and mild day across the upper North Island with no rain expected tonight. Here were the observation highlights across the upper North Island over the year.


  • Max Temp: 31.3c, West Harbour, 25th December

  • Min Temp: -3.1c, Dairy Flat 4th July

  • Daily mean temp: 16.6c recorded from North Shore, Auckland

  • Wettest place: 2955mm, Pinnacles, Coromandel Ranges

  • Wettest 24 hrs: Piha 205mm, 30th-31st August

  • Driest place: 789mm, Northcote Point

  • Max wind gust: Clevedon, 154 km/h, 3rd August

  • Snowfall: Marlborough Forest, Northland, above 700m, 9th August

  • Tornado: South Auckland, 19th June, EF2 on Fujita scale

  • Earthquakes: 47

  • Largest felt earthquake: M3.8, 35km E of Whangarei Heads 5th July

  • Highest tide - 1.73m MSL height, Waitemata harbour 31st March

  • Tsunami – Great Barrier Island 11th Feb wave 60cm. 5th March wave 30cm.


(Sources: Private stations, council rain gauges and Land Information New Zealand)



Pictures say a thousand words. From sunsets to sunrises, storms, waterspouts, tornadoes, gales, downpours, floods, king tides, Southern Lights, total lunar eclipse, and earthquakes. 2021 saw some amazing moments captured around the upper North Island. Thanks to everyone who shared their moments.


Happy new year from Hauraki Gulf Weather.


Skytower lightning bolt 14 April, 2021
Southern Lights West Coast Auckland, 5th November credit Larryn Rae, FB @shadowandshadenz

Rangitoto sunrise 12 November Credit Cristy Williamson

Total Lunar eclipse 26 May credit Mark Gee
Auckland sunset, 7th December
Hauraki Gulf Weather webcam Waitemata harbour 6 November
Storm's Shelf cloud 26 July over North Shore, Auckland



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