30 Mar 2011

Late autumn outlook: mostly warmer and wetter

6:24 pm on 30 March 2011

Most parts of New Zealand can expect warmer, wetter weather than usual over the next three months.

A principal climate scientist with the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA), James Renwick, says the La Nina climate event, which brings warm, wet weather to New Zealand, is weakening but should last until the start of winter.

"It's had quite an effect on New Zealand over the summer," Dr Renwick says, "and we're expecting that to continue at least for another couple of months or so."

Dr Renwick says that for the late autumn period, from April to June, most areas of New Zealand can expect higher temperatures and more rain than usual, except for Canterbury, which may get slightly less.

He says the number of cyclones this season may be slightly above average as well.