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

July 2005 – Number 73

June’s climate: cold southerlies over the North Island and dry conditions in much of the South Island.

June’s river flows: Localised high river flows contrasted with very low flows in much of the South Island. Temperatures mostly near or below average.

Soil moisture levels: Low South Canterbury and Otago moisture.

Three-month outlook: cold snaps possible, but overall near or above average air temperatures are likely in the North Island and north of the South Island. North and east of the North Island may be drier than normal. Soil moisture levels and stream flows mostly normal, except in the east.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Soil water balance - a quick guide to droughts.

This issue of the Climate Update is available as a PDF.