31 Aug 2008

Drier than usual spring forecast

4:53 pm on 31 August 2008

Weather experts are forecasting a drier than normal spring in contrast to the stormy, wet winter experienced in many parts of the country.

September 1 is the first day of spring.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says the weather is likely to be relatively settled during the next three months, with near-normal or below normal rainfalls likely across the country.

However, rainfall and river flows are likely to be below normal in alpine and western regions of the South Island, including key hydro catchments.

NIWA says this is typical for spring until the snow melt season towards the end of spring.

It says average or above average temperatures are likely in most areas.