Tips for the start of summer
Rain in November sets you up for a good January and February, when it’s normal for things to dry off.
It’s always a good idea to save pasture as silage now, or hay in the next couple of months.
Climate predictions help with planning. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s regional climate forecasts are updated throughout the year. These give you a prediction of the type of weather to expect in the next three months.
From November onwards, NZ is expected to be in El Niño conditions, continuing through into late autumn.
During El Niño, the country tends to experience stronger or more frequent westerly winds in summer, typically leading to drought in east coast areas. Rainfall tends to be higher in the west.
To get the latest probabilities of rainfall, soil conditions and river flows, check out your region’s forecast here: www.niwa.co.nz/climate/seasonal-climate-outlook
Always think carefully about taking on extra stock at this time of year – it can be an expensive mistake