Av­er­age weather is on its way


Af­ter a cool, soggy start to the year, Manawatu can look for­ward to tem­per­a­tures and rain­fall re­turn­ing to some­thing like av­er­age from Fe­bru­ary to April.

Niwa is pre­dict­ing there is a 50-50 chance that tem­per­a­tures will be near av­er­age for the three months for the cen­tral North Is­land, Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and Welling­ton.

And there is also a chance for some relief from the rain.

Rain­fall to­tals are equally likely to be nearly nor­mal, or even, be­low nor­mal.

That means soil mois­ture lev­els and river flows could also re­turn to the nor­mal range, with a 35 per cent chance they might dip be­low nor­mal.

Rain­fall so far this sum­mer has kept Palmer­ston North’s main wa­ter sup­ply at Tu­ritea topped up.

City coun­cil wa­ter as­set en­gi­neer Dora Luo said there had only been two days since the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary when the dam had not been over­flow­ing.

Niwa said New Zealand was pretty much sur­rounded by fairly cli­mate-neu­tral con­di­tions, which only slightly favoured more west­erly to south-west­erly wind pat­terns than nor­mal.

The prob­a­bil­i­ties are pre­dic­tions, not fore­casts, with hot and cold days, rain and dry spells that do not fit the three-month out­look to be ex­pected.

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