Christchurch Climate and Weather

Christchurch has a fairly dry, temperate climate, with warm to hot summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures range from mild to hot, often moderated by sea breezes blowing in from the northeast. Northwesterly winds, however, are not so kind; hot air blows in with increasing strength and has been known to reach storm force, wreaking havoc on occasion. Winters bring cold days, with temperatures often dropping below freezing level at night, with frost. Snow is a rarity in the city, but falls occasionally in the suburban hills. In summer, between December and February, temperatures average between 51°F (11°C) and 72°F (22°C); and in winter, between June and August, temperatures average between 35°F (2°C) and 54°F (12°C). Rainfall can be expected any time of year, but is more likely in winter.