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    Default Summer's here!

    Oh no, sounds like there won’t be any left for when we arrive!

    We're walking on sunshine
    5:00AM Tuesday February 13, 2007


    The warm spell is expected to last at least 10 more days, says MetService. Photo / Greg Bowker

    MetService meteorologists yesterday forecast more warm, dry weather for the rest of this week and the start of next week.

    "A large area of high pressure has stalled in the Tasman Sea," said MetService forecaster Bob McDavitt.

    "This is bringing generally settled weather for the next 10 days, just right for the school groups who have chosen this time for their annual camp."

    He said the weather would not be 100 per cent fine and dry everywhere. "There are some kinks in the shielding that these high pressures offer."

    Easterly winds could bring showers to the Far North today and tomorrow and a weak frontal system was expected bring a southerly change late this week, Mr McDavitt said.

    "The good news is that there is plenty of sunshine for outdoor activities."

    Mr McDavitt said daytime temperatures had already reached their summer peak, but were still on the warm side.

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    Pleeeease let it last until end of March.

    Summer almost over, but autumn looks okay
    5:00AM Thursday February 22, 2007
    By Angela Gregory

    The bad news is that summer is almost over. The better news is that we will have a few more weeks of good weather before it begins to gradually cool off.

    Scientists said February was usually the most settled month of the year but added that temperatures in most centres would have peaked by now with a gradual cooling off in March - which marks the beginning of autumn - and April, where temperatures would be on a par with other years.

    And while New Zealand is basking in a lovely February, the "hot" weather to date has been slightly cooler than averages for the month.

    Niwa climatologist Stuart Burgess has supplied figures to the Herald which show the temperatures recorded at most airports so far are slightly below the 30-year average. While at Auckland Airport the average February temperature to date has matched the 24C average, other centres such as Hamilton, Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier, Nelson, Christchurch, and Dunedin were slightly lower.

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    I wouldn’t bank on it – we’ll be there in March ::). God help our rainwater tank. Wonder if you can use Wetwipes instead of having a shower * *

    Extremely dry weather predicted in March
    New 5:15PM Tuesday February 27, 2007

    February has been extremely dry, and March is predicted to produce more of the same, weather forecasters say.

    MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said much of the country had seen long, dry periods in the past few weeks.

    "Whangaparoa Peninsula is at the top of the list with no rain at all since 8am on February 7. That's 484 rain-free hours to noon on Tuesday." Mr McDavitt said.

    Taupo and Nelson were next in the dryness stakes, with 447 and 366 rainless hours respectively.

    Five anticyclones had passed over the country during February, and the sixth was coming later this week, Mr McDavitt said.

    "These anticyclones have brought extended dry periods, with 35 per cent of our rainfall network recording no rainfall for durations of more than ten days.

    "Grass and pasture becomes dormant after three weeks with no rain."

    He said the seasonal forecast suggested March would bring more anticyclones.

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    Auckland could use a big drink
    5:00AM Wednesday February 28, 2007


    Tinder-dry farms near Muriwai Beach in West Auckland have seen little rain over the summer. Photo / Dean Purcell

    Auckland has been hit by drought conditions with just half the normal rainfall levels expected in February, forcing vegetable growers to adopt emergency measures to save their crops.

    MetService figures show Auckland - which usually has around 80mm of rain in February - has had just 35mm so far.

    Whangaparaoa Peninsula was the country's driest area during past weeks, with no rain at all since February 7.

    Central parts of the North Island were rain-free since February 8.

    In the South Island, Nelson Airport topped the list of dry zones, with no rain since February 12.

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    Driest February recorded
    8:00AM Friday March 02, 2007

    Parts of New Zealand had their driest February for decades, according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

    Lake Tekapo had its driest February in 80 years and Mt Cook its driest in 75 years.

    The South Island's West Coast enjoyed the sunshine, with Hokitika recording its sunniest February since measurements began 93 years ago. But Northland's rainfall was double the normal February quota, with some parts of the region receiving more than 200mm between February 5 and 7.

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    Coldest summer in 14 years
    5:00AM Saturday March 03, 2007

    Summer was the coldest in 14 years. The average mean summer temperature was 15.7C, 0.9C below normal - the lowest for summer since 1992/93.

    The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says summer temperatures were as much as 1.5C below average in eastern areas from coastal Wairarapa to North Canterbury, as well as parts of King Country and Wellington. However, summer temperatures were near average in Nelson.

    Rainfall was below normal in the west of the North Island from Auckland to Taranaki, as well as the eastern Bay of Plenty, and in much of the north, west, and south of the South Island, with less than half the normal rain in parts of Waikato, Marlborough and Otago.

    By the end of summer severe soil moisture deficits had developed in most eastern areas of both islands from Gisborne to Otago, and spread to Auckland, Waikato, eastern Bay of Plenty, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington, and Nelson. Above average summer rainfall occurred in parts of Northland and Canterbury.

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    No worries, we'll be there by Saturday (travel agent permitting *::) * >:() so that's bound to ensure a change in the weather. * :D

    Fire still a risk despite rain forecast
    NZPA | Wednesday, 7 March 2007

    Rain forecast for the country over the next 24 hours should bring a welcome respite to drought-ridden regions.

    But rural fire authorities say they are expected to remain on high alert for sometime.

    Large tracts of the country, particularly in the South Island, are tinder dry after weeks without rain.

    National Rural Fire Chief Murray Dudfield told NZPA today that Southland, the Wairarapa, the central North Island and the Waikato would normally see a lot more moisture held by the vegetation at this time of the year than they were seeing now.

    "So it is a different dryness that is emerging across New Zealand."

    Mr Dudfield said the weather patterns coming across the country could have an impact on those areas, but a period of sustained rain was needed before fire alert levels could be lowered.

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    I'm obviously not doing well enough. Perhaps a tour of NZ is in order. :D

    Forecast rain not enough to prevent drought
    The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 13 March 2007

    It began with the coldest December on record - now, after an unusally dry start to the year, it threatens to become the summer of drought.

    Forecasters say the rain predicted for this week will do little to ease the conditions that have led to water restrictions and the prediction of trouble for farmers.

    MetService issued a forecast yesterday of rain for the whole country.

    But the heaviest falls were predicted for Bay of Plenty and the West Coast of the South Island - not the arid areas crying out for rain.

    In Wairarapa, where there has been no significant rain since December 8, water tanker companies have received SOS calls day and night from lifestyle-block owners and hobby farmers.

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    Shouldn't that read ....'Mother Bear is on her way' ?

    Say goodbye to summer, rain is on the way
    NZPA | Monday, 12 March 2007

    Heavy rain is forecast for much of New Zealand this week, putting a dampener on the late summer most of the country has enjoyed in recent weeks.

    The Metservice has issued a severe weather warning for Fiordland and Westland, with rainfalls of up to 120mm expected to fall by 9pm today.

    People in the area have been advised to watch out for rising stream and river levels.

    The Metservice said the entire country can expect some rainfall over the next few days, with thunderstorms forecast for Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel today.

    Temperatures are also set to plummet, with snow forecast to 700m in the west and south of the South Island.

    Elsewhere, the west of the country will bear the brunt of a cold front until Wednesday.

    The cold wet weather signals an end to the Indian summer, which has seen New Zealanders basking in warmer temperatures than usual for this time of year.

    Gisborne and the Hawke's Bay hit 28 deg C last week, Aucklanders sunbathed in 26 deg heat, and Wellington has been enjoying temperatures in the early 20s.

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