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September 2014 climate summary

Rainfall Below normal (50-79%) rainfall was recorded for much of the South Island with pockets of well below normal (< 50%) rainfall observed in some locations. Conversely, above normal (120-149%) September rainfall occurred in several North Island regions including parts of Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu- Whanganui and Taranaki.
Temperature A mild September for the majority of the North Island and parts of the West Coast.
Below average temperatures (-1.20 to -0.51°C) for much of coastal Otago and close to average (within 0.50°C of average) temperatures elsewhere.
Soil Moisture As of 1 October, 2014 soil moisture levels on the east coast of the South Island were below normal for the time of year, while levels for the remainder of the South Island were near normal. Soil moisture levels in the North Island were at field capacity and were slightly wetter than normal in the Hawke’s Bay.
Sunshine A sunny September for the South Island with above normal (110-125%) sunshine recorded. Near normal (90-109%) sunshine for the North Island, Marlborough and Nelson.

Full summary: Climate_Summary_September_2014.pdf

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