New Zealand climate in March 2005

March was unsettled, with above average rainfall over much of the North Island, especially Wairarapa. However, drier and sunnier than average conditions occurred in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, and Coromandel.

It was warmer than normal in the North Island and in Nelson, while temperatures were mostly near average elsewhere. The warmer than normal conditions resulted from an average northeasterly air flow over the country during the month.

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Percentage of average rainfall for March 2005 (recording sites shown with dots).

Difference from average air temperature in degrees Celsius for March 2005.

Difference from normal surface water temperatures in the seas around New Zealand. The New Zealand average surface temperature anomaly was about +0.7 °C in March, similar to the value for February. The 3-month mean anomaly for January to March was about +0.2 °C.