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    Has our stunner summer turned to custard?
    12:54 PM Saturday Jan 23, 2010

    Summer has ground to a spectacular halt in a number of regions over the past week and this weekend it's even worse for many centres across the country.

    Canterbury has endured days of cloud and cold winds off the sea. Many day time highs have only been in the teens while overnight lows a week ago were cold enough to see people lightning fires.

    This week, while it was humid and hot in a number of areas, the cloud, wind and heavy showers moved in. Yesterday in Auckland felt more like a November day with strong winds and heavy showers off and on all day.

    But today it's the east of the country that has not only seen summer end but has actually slipped right back in to winter conditions.

    Wellington has a cold southerly and rain and that southerly is gale force on the hills.

    Yesterday the weather saw Wellington airport stop all flights as fog set in. As of 10:30 Saturday morning it was just 14 degrees in the Capital.

    It's 13 in Lower Hutt and some parts of southern Hawkes Bay. Napier and Hastings have 16 degrees and rain has been so heavy the Napier-Taupo highway has been blocked by a large slip.

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    We've had too much of a good thing here in the north! No significant rain since September. The farmers are pretty much done milking - many went to every 16 hours a month or so ago, and have already been into the winter feed. We haven't had to buy water (we have tank water) - yet, but may have to soon. No one up here would mind cooler, cloudy days if it meant some appreciable rainfall! And something I've noticed - when watching the weather forecasts, hardly ever is there mention of what is going on north of Auckland.
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    I've heard about the drought up in the north from a friend who lives there and it's amazing how the normally wet and mild part of NZ has turned into the driest part over the last few months. According to the below article, it doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon. Very weird.

    Outlook for Autumn: More of the same
    NZPA
    Last updated 17:18 29/01/2010

    There may not be much of a difference in temperatures as autumn slips in to replace an uninspiring summer, Niwa's National Climate centre says.

    The current El Nino continues at moderate strength in the Pacific, but is likely to weaken during the autumn.

    That means temperatures were likely to continue to be on the cool side, and drier than normal conditions were also likely to continue in the north of the North Island.

    The centre's latest climate outlook forecasts that for February to April mean sea level pressures were likely to be higher than normal to the north of the country and will be associated with slightly stronger than normal westerlies over the country.

    Niwa said autumn rainfall totals were likely to be in the normal or below normal range in the north and east of the North Island and in Marlborough, normal or above normal in the western South Island, and in the normal range in other regions.

    Temperatures were likely to be near average or below average in all regions. There would still be variability, with some warm spells at times, especially in eastern regions in north-westerly wind conditions.

    River flows and soil moisture were likely to be near normal or below normal in the North Island, near normal in the north and east of the South Island, and normal or above normal in the western South Island.

    Regional predictions for the next three months:

    * Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty:

    Temperatures were equally likely to be near average or below average. Seasonal rainfall totals were expected to be near normal or below normal, while river flows and soil moisture levels were forecast to be below normal.

    * Central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu and Wellington:

    Seasonal temperatures were likely to be average or below average. Rainfall was expected to be near normal, while stream flows and soil moisture levels were likely to be near normal or below normal, for the three months as a whole.

    * Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa:

    Temperatures averaged over the three months were likely to be near average or below average. Seasonal rainfall totals, stream flows and soil moisture levels were forecast to be below normal.

    * Nelson, Marlborough, Buller:

    Seasonal temperatures were expected to be below average. Rainfalls, stream flows and soil moisture levels were likely to be normal overall, but with below normal rainfalls more likely in the east of the region.

    * West Coast, Alps and Foothills, Inland Otago, Southland:

    Temperatures were forecast to be average or below average. Seasonal rainfall, stream flows and soil moisture levels are equally likely to be near normal or above normal.

    * Coastal Canterbury, East Otago:

    Temperatures were expected to be near average. Seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels and stream flows were all forecast to be in the normal range.

    From here.


    Hamilton residents warned about water consumption.
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