Tauranga Average Afternoon Temperatures for December 1913-2017

Weather Eye
with John Maunder

Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 100 years, including the current Tauranga Airport site from June 1990.

The average afternoon temperature in December 2017 was 24.3 degrees Celsius, the second warmest December since records commenced in 1913.

The graph below shows details of the average daily maximum temperatures, called simply ‘afternoon’, for Tauranga for December from 1913-2017.

The long-term average afternoon temperature in December for Tauranga is 22.1 degrees Celsius, ranging from the ‘cool’ December months of 2004 (20.1), 1968 (20.5) and 1944 and 1951 (both 20.7), to the ‘warm’ December months of 1940 (24.4), 2017 (24.3), 1937 (24.0), and 1990 (23.8 degrees C).

The graph of the average afternoon temperatures for December shows generally normal variations from December-to-December during the last 100 years.

The average December afternoon temperature during the 50 years from 1963 to 2011 of 22.2 degrees Celsius which is the same as that  recorded in the 50 years from 1914 to 1961.

The average afternoon temperature of 23.0 degrees Celsius or more has been recorded 21 times since 1913,  and 12 December months have had an an average afternoon temperature of 21.0 degrees Celsius or less.

The eighth warmest December months (in terms of afternoon temperatures), on record, in chronological order, are 1930, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1990, 1993, 1994, and 2017.

By contrast, the seven coolest December months (in terms of afternoon temperatures), on record, in chronological order, are 1921, 1946, 1951, 1962, 1968, 1977, and 2004.

For further information see: https://www.sunlive.co.nz/blogs/8084-the-weather-dice-and-the-butterfly.html

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