29 Apr 2011

NIWA predicts mild start to winter

12:16 pm on 29 April 2011

Climate scientists say many regions around the country will enjoy a mild early winter.

In its May to July seasonal outlook, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) suggests the La Nina weather pattern is continuing to weaken and should be gone altogether within two months.

Temperatures are likely to be above average across all the North Island and in Buller and Nelson/Marlborough.

The rest of the South Island should have average or above average temperatures.

NIWA says most of the country can expect near normal levels of rainfall in the coming three months, while the north and east of the North Island may get slightly higher levels.

Soil moisture levels and stream flows are likely to be near normal across the country.