October mild and dry
The weather for the past week in Taupo¯ has been mild and dry with little wind. Temperatures have been almost 3 degrees above the expected average for October with the daily maximum as much as 3.5 degrees higher than normal, the average nightly minimum 2.2 degrees above and the daily temperature 2.9 degrees above. The first rainfall was recorded at the weekend when just 3.5 millimetres was recorded. This fall, although minimal broke a 14-day period of no rain, the longest continuous rainless period since March 2016 when no rain was recorded for 15 consecutive days. With four days remaining October is proving to be the second driest on record although I expect significant rain to fall during the last days of the month. The normally windy October month has been far from that, but the early part of November also has a reputation for wind and this may well yet prove to be the case. I expect the early part of the current week to have been wet, with Friday being the exception, but the weather from the weekend and early part of November should be unsettled with periods of rain, some sunshine, but unsettled westerly wind conditions.