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We’re eggspecting a calm, mostly fine, and mild start (but soggier finish) to the Easter weekend, according to NIWA’s forecasting services team.
Weather and climate experts from around the world are meeting in Wellington next week to discuss the critical need for accurate forecasting to cope with a changing climate.
Across the North Island, soil moisture levels decreased nearly everywhere during the past week. In the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased during the past week with meagre rainfall in the north and east.
NIWA has crunched the data on this week’s heatwave and come up with the following record breakers

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We’re eggspecting a calm, mostly fine, and mild start (but soggier finish) to the Easter weekend, according to NIWA’s forecasting services team.
Dry for most locations, drought for upper South Island
Weather and climate experts from around the world are meeting in Wellington next week to discuss the critical need for accurate forecasting to cope with a changing climate.
A central Pacific El Niño is now occurring as the ocean and atmosphere have been weakly coupled for a third consecutive month. Traditionally, this occurs farther east toward South America and during the early summer season. Mean temperatures are forecast to be above average for all of New Zealand.
Across the North Island, soil moisture levels decreased nearly everywhere during the past week. In the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased during the past week with meagre rainfall in the north and east.
New Zealand’s 3rd warmest January on record.
NIWA has crunched the data on this week’s heatwave and come up with the following record breakers
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
The atmospheric circulation around New Zealand is forecast to be characterised by pressures slightly higher than normal over and to the north of the country. For New Zealand, this pressure pattern will be accompanied by weak south-westerly quarter flow anomalies.
Wet end to the year for the North Island and north-eastern South Island
Annual Climate Summary for 2018

New Zealand’s equal-2nd warmest year on record. Annual temperatures were above average across the majority of New Zealand, including much of the North Island as well as the western and southern South Island. See complete 2018 Annual Climate Summary details.

2018: New Zealand’s equal-2nd warmest year on record
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