Climate Update is a summary each month of New Zealand's climate, including soil moisture and river flows.

April 2004 – Number 58

March’s climate: Record low rainfall in parts of the north; temperatures well below average.

March’s river flows: High March streamflows in the North Island caused by February storms.

Soil moisture levels: Moisture levels drop due to low rainfall.

Three-month outlook: Cool and at times frosty conditions expected. Near normal rainfall in most places, but possibly below normal in the north and southeast of the country.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: UV forecast adding more science to sport.

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