Outlook and outcome – March 2004 to May 2004
Rainfall was lower than predicted in the west of the North and South Islands, in Northland, and in parts of the east and south of the North Island. In other areas, rainfall was normal or below normal as expected.
Air temperatures were average or below average as predicted in most places, although it was cooler than expected in the north and east of the North Island.
River flows were expected to be normal or above normal in western regions, normal or below normal in the east of the South Island, and near normal elsewhere. Flows were generally normal or above normal in western regions, and near normal elsewhere.