New Zealand Climate
New Zealand climate in August 2005
August was much drier, warmer, and sunnier than normal over most of New Zealand. Many northern and eastern regions of the country recorded less than 50 percent of normal rainfall.
Air temperatures were higher than usual, with the national average temperature of 9.8 °C being 1.1 °C above normal. This was the fourth highest August mean temperature since reliable records began in the mid 1860s.
For more information on the climate in August, visit the climate summaries page at www.niwa.co.nz/ncc/cs/mclimsum_05_08
Global setting and climate outlook
El Niño-Oscillation remains neutral
The tropical Pacific Ocean is in a neutral state (no El Niño or La Niña), although equatorial Pacific sea surface temperatures (SST) are still above average. Tropical Pacific conditions should continue to be in a neutral state over the next 3-6 months.
The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) was negative in August (-0.9), due mainly to higher pressures at Darwin, but the 3-month July to August mean was near zero (-0.2).