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National Climate Summary – Summer 2005/06

Friday 10 March 2006

National Climate Summary – Summer 2005/06

• Rainfall: Extremely high in Bay of Plenty and Taupo; normal or below normal in many other regions

• Soil moisture: Early significant deficits in eastern areas of the country, spreading to some other parts of North Island later

• Temperature: Above average overall with very hot conditions in central Otago on a few days

• Sunshine: Sunny in Wellington, Westland, and coastal areas of Otago and Southland

Summer rainfall was extremely high in parts of Bay of Plenty and Taupo. Many locations within these regions recorded more than 150 percent of (one and a half times) normal rainfall, and totals of 400 to 550 mm during the season.

Rainfall was also well above normal in Wanganui, and parts of Southland. Rainfall was near or below normal in many other regions. Early significant soil moisture deficits developed in eastern areas of both islands, and spread in late summer to Northland, Auckland and Manawatu.

The national average temperature of 17.2 °C was 0.6 °C above normal and the highest for summer since 1998/99, mainly due to an unusually warm December. Sunshine hours were above normal for summer in Wellington, Westland, and coastal areas of Otago and Southland. The overall summer climate pattern was mixed, being dominated by more frequent northerlies in December, westerlies over the South Island in January, and south easterlies in the northeast of the North Island in February.


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