1 Nov 2013

Average summer forecast for NZ

3:23 pm on 1 November 2013

New Zealand is set to have a fairly average summer, climate scientists are predicting.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research on Friday released its outlook for the next three months.

It says temperatures over the November to January period are likely to be near average or above average in all regions of New Zealand.

Rainfall totals as a whole will probably be near normal in almost all regions.

However, soil moisture levels and river flows are most likely to be below normal in the upper North Island, probably above normal in the east of the North Island, and pretty much normal in other areas.