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

June 2005 – Number 72

May’s climate: Record high rainfall in Bay of Plenty. Well above average temperatures in the North Island.

May’s river flows: Some very high river and stream flows, and contrasting low flows in the north of both islands.

Soil moisture levels: Soil moisture recovery in northland.

Three-month outlook: In spite of the usual cold snaps, air temperatures are likely to remain above average in the North Island and north of the South Island. Rainfall normal or above in the north and west of the country. Normal soil moisture levels and stream flows are expected in all regions.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Special purpose climate stations - complementing the national climate network.

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