26 Dec 2013

2014 weather normal - NIWA

10:03 am on 26 December 2013

The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research says New Zealand should be in for more normal weather patterns in 2014, in contrast to 2013.

The past year saw severe drought as well as heavy rainfall and winds.

But NIWA principal climate scientist Brett Mullan said things should settle down for 2014 as we enter a neutral tropical system.

NIWA's summer forecast is for normal to above-normal temperatures across New Zealand and for near-normal rainfall in most parts of the country.

Dr Mullan said there should not be a repeat of last summer's drought.