Hot summer predicted
Weather experts are predicting another scorching summer for Northland, with temperatures set to hover in the mid to late 20s, and possibly into the 30s.
The first wave of that “summer feel” was expected to arrive this week when winds get dragged down from Australia and help warm ocean temperatures.
A seasonal climate outlook for November to January released by Niwa predicts the temperature and soil moisture in Northland to be near or above average and rainfall to be below or near normal. Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll said this November was shaping up to be as warm as the last summer — the warmest summer on record in New Zealand.
“The flip side is rainfall projections and the soil on the east coast of Northland will be drier than normal which won’t be good for agriculture. However, there are chances of heavy rainfall in the second half of November,” Noll said.
Farmers, he said, should plan for a drier and warmer than normal weather as less rain and higher temperatures were predicted for December and January. Ocean temperatures, he said, would likely increase between 2C and 4C. “If you are taking advantage of the nice weather by going out fishing or swimming, make sure you put on the sunscreen as the UV (ultraviolet) index will be higher, even on cloudy days.”