August 2023 rainfall

After a very wet start to 2023, year to date rainfall for Taranaki is now about average.

Dry July continued into August with an average of 145.4mm of rain, 17% less than a typical amount for the month. This ranged from 44% less rainfall at Mangorei Upper at Forest Hill to 2% more rainfall at Waitotara at Rimunui Station than usual.

Mean river flows for August were 29.6% lower than typical values while mean river (non-mountain) water temperatures were 9.4°C, an average of 1°C cooler than long-term values for the month.

The average air temperature for the region (excluding Te Maunga sites) was 8.3°C, which is 1.5°C cooler than long-term averages for August. The maximum wind gust recorded in August was 130km/hr at Waitotara at Ngutuwera.

August 2023 hydrology report [PDF, 3.5 MB]

August 2023 rainfall maps

What you should know:

  1. The site maps show data from a selection of the sites we monitor, but not all of them.

  2. The distribution maps are based on mathematical modelling and may not accurately represent actual rainfall in some unmonitored areas.

Click on each map for larger version.