The climate of New Zealand
New Zealand, as a country is known for its beautiful scenic beauty and adventure sports. As previously stated, The country majorly includes two main islands—the North and South Islands, and a number of tiny islands, some of which are hundreds of miles away from the main group. New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. The far north of the country has an average temperature of about 15°C, while the deep south has a cooler average temperature of 9°C. January and February are the warmest months of the year, and July is the coldest month. New Zealand does not have a huge temperature range, minus the extremes one finds in most continental climates. However, the weather can change unexpectedly – as soon as the cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in. The people living here are always prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature more likely when they are going hiking or doing other outdoor activities. On one hand, most areas of New Zealand have between 600 and 1600 mm of rainfall, spread throughout the year with a dry period during the summer. On the other hand, most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas - Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, and Nelson/Marlborough - receiving over 2,350 hours. In addition, winter temperatures are much milder in New Zealand compared to other areas of similar latitude, with the exception of the Central Otago and Mackenzie Basin regions
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