1 Jun 2011

Mild winter on the way

12:54 pm on 1 June 2011

New Zealand will have a mild winter despite the end of a La Nina weather pattern, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research predicts.

Most parts of New Zealand can expect above average temperatures, except the west and south of the South Island which is expected to have near average conditions.

However, some areas can expect typical winter cold snaps.

Rainfall and river flows are expected to fall below normal levels in the west of the country, and soil moisture levels are expected to be normal across the country.

Sea pressure is expected to be higher than normal to the south and east of the country with weaker westerlies and frequent easterlies.