Rainfall: Below normal in many regions, areas of above normal rainfall in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, near East Cape, Wellington, and Nelson
Soil moisture: Severe deficits in Auckland, Nelson, eastern regions from Gisborne to Marlborough, and Central Otago
Temperature: Above average in the east of the North Island and on the South Island’s West Coast; below average in the east of the South Island
Sunshine: Below normal in many regions, sunny in Southland
January was generally cloudy with low rainfall over much of New Zealand, and east-west temperature contrasts.
Rainfall was below