2 Apr 2013

Warmish weather stays, and rain on way

9:12 pm on 2 April 2013

Scientists say late autumn will bring above-average temperatures and at least a little rain.

The seasonal climate outlook for April, May and June has just been released by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

A principal scientist with NIWA, Brett Mullan, says although it will be getting colder going into winter, temperatures are expected to be above average across the country.

He says all regions are expected to have near-average amounts of rainfall but NIWA can't say just when it will fall.

However, Dr Mullan says river flows and soil moisture are well below average and it will take some time for those systems to recharge even with normal rainfall.

Federated Farmers vice-chair Andrew Hoggard says some farmers are still in a drought situation and average rainfall will help take soil moisture levels back to a reasonable position.

Mr Hoggard says the warmer weather will also extend the grass growing season, which many farmers need.