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Drier Conditions Expected To Continue

6 January 2005

Drier Conditions Expected To Continue In Eastern South Island

Climate and Oceans: Lower pressures than normal to the northeast are expected. The tropical Pacific is presently in a neutral state with some features of weak La Niña conditions. For the tropical cyclone season, normal cyclone activity is expected through to April 2006. For New Zealand this means a 70% chance of a cyclone passing somewhere near the country. The risk is greatest after the end of January. Temperature: Air temperatures are expected to be above average in most regions of New Zealand., and above average sea temperatures are likely to continue through to March 2006.

Rainfall, Soil Moisture and Stream flows: Rainfalls are likely to be normal or above normal in the north and east of the North Island, normal or below normal in the east of the South Island, and near normal elsewhere. Normal soil moisture levels and riverflows are expected for the North Island, and normal or below normal soil moisture and streamflows in the South Island.

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