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

August 2004 – Number 62

July’s climate: Extremely wet in Bay of Plenty with severe floods, but dry in the south. High river flows in the central and eastern North Island and below normal elsewhere. Low temperatures; many frosts in Canterbury and Otago.

July’s river flows: High river flows in the eastern North Island.

Soil moisture levels: East coast South Island below field capacity.

Three-month outlook: Above average temperatures likely in the north, with near normal rainfall in most areas except Nelson.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Is New Zealand climate becoming more volatile?

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