Winter solstice on-brand in Wellington after a month of rain in a week

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For an oh-so-brief moment, the sun poked its head into Wellington for the year’s shortest day. Before hiding again.

MetService data shows the amount of rain that has fallen in the capital since Monday – 132mm – was what would normally fall in the month of June.

Meteorologist Andrew James said a low pressure system off the west coast of the North Island had driven a southeast flow through the Cook Strait, dumping days of rain on Wellington.

That has meant rain in the capital every day since Monday.

* Winter solstice: Get ready for longer days and shorter nights, but don’t expect them to be warmer
* North gets chance to dry out ahead of cold snap; another chilly start for inland southern areas
* Gales and heavy rain warnings

Sunday was winter solstice, the year’s shortest day, and for a chunk of the day the rain let up. At one point the sun even poked through.

Winter solstice is here and with it comes a break in the rain.


Winter solstice is here and with it comes a break in the rain.

And the forecast for Monday was largely rain-free in the capital – if still cloudy. But by midweek the rain was expected to be back again.

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