The best times to visit Christchurch for ideal weather are
May 28th to September 2nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Christchurch Travel Guide
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Weather in Christchurch
Average temperatures in Christchurch vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 21st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Christchurch, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 73°F (22.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 50.7°F (10.4°C) at night.
Christchurch Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Christchurch Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Christchurch Perceived Temperature (F)
Christchurch Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Christchurch Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Christchurch are September, June, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid April. For example, on the week of April 16th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early November with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of November 5th.
When can you find snow in Christchurch? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around November, especially close to early to mid April. The best time to ski (if at all) in Christchurch is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Christchurch.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Christchurch (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Christchurch has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (67.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (83.2%).
Wind in Christchurch is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and February. January’s average wind speed of around 9.1 knots (10.5 MPH or 16.9 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 16.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Christchurch.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||9.1||Gentle breeze||16||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.4||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|Mar||8.2||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.5||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|May||8.3||Gentle breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7.8||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.8||Gentle breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
|Aug||7.5||Gentle breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.9||Light breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Oct||7.4||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|Nov||8.3||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8.7||Gentle breeze||15.6||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Christchurch?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for the United Kingdom; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 06, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Christchurch, the United Kingdom is August, followed by July and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Christchurch in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Christchurch Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 66.2°F (19°C) and 50.4°F (10.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with roughly 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Christchurch, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 68.6°F (20.3°C) and 49.1°F (9.5°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 11 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Christchurch to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 50.4°F (10.2°C) and 45.5°F (7.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 8 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.
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