New Zealand Climate

Low rainfall in the south

October rainfall was well below average in South Westland, Fiordland, and the Kaikoura coast. North Island rainfalls were higher, with above average rain in parts of Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, and Wairarapa.

North Island air temperatures were mostly near or above average, while it was cool in Canterbury and Southland.

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Percentage of average rainfall for October 2004 (recording sites shown with dots). Click to enlarge.

Difference from average air temperature in degrees Celsius for October 2004. Click to enlarge.

Difference from normal surface water temperatures in the seas around New Zealand. Temperatures of seas adjacent to New Zealand have been trending slowly downwards over recent months.