Coming from a country as grey, wet and cold as the UK, you would think that living in NZ would be a total joy where the weather is concerned, especially as everyone in Auckland does like to think they live in the subtropics…and in many ways that is true. The summer here has been warm without getting very hot and has lasted for months now without a great deal of rain and not overly humid either by UK standards.
No need to worry too much about the weather when you go out and it is rarely cold. I have heard the locals refer to the rain as liquid sunshine.
So, what is to miss?
In the winter months it rains…heavily. Cloudy days without any rain don’t happen very often and when you have sun which burns in double-quick time due to the thinner ozone layer, you have to be very careful out there. There are many skin clinics here for a reason and you have to have a hat and SPF 50 to be safe.
So I miss cloudy days. I also miss the cold, sunny, crisp days of winter. There were 4 frosts last year…otherwise lots of rain.
You might say I should just get on with it and enjoy…but you have to be aware of the downside…especially when bad weather is accompanied by god-awful TV…although there are many bonuses of long steady summers.