Because much of the Marlborough region is sheltered by high country to the west, south and in some areas to the east, it is New Zealand's sunniest region.

Warm, dry and settled weather predominates during summer. Winter days often start with a frost, but are usually mild overall. Typical summer daytime maximum air temperatures range from 20°C to 26°C, but occasionally rise above 30°C. Late winter and early spring is normally the most unsettled time of the year.

Typical winter daytime maximum air temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C. Annual hours of sunshine average at least 2,400 hours. High temperatures are frequent in Blenheim and may be accompanied by föhn winds from the northwest, characterised by the distinctive "wave" cloud formations.


Temperature
Mean daily maximum in summer (January): 23.8°C
Mean daily minimum in summer: 12.5°C
Mean daily maximum in winter (July): 12.8°C
Mean daily minimum in winter: 2.1°C

Sunshine Hours
More than 2,400 per year

Rainfall
Mean annual rainfall: 1,249mm
Wet days (more than 1mm): 76

Statistics from National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
It's a Fact...
SALT FROM THE SEA
Lake Grassmere opens into Clifford Bay near Cape Campbell. Covering an area of 17 square km, it has no natural inflow and is subject to strong warm winds. Close to the sea, it has a very high salinity and is ideal for natural salt extraction. The lake has been divided into solar evaporation ponds. Seawater is pumped in and moved between ponds over several months, each time increasing in salinity. As the salinity increases, crystallised salt forms and is harvested.
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