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Climate Update 84 - June 2006


May's climate

Global setting & climate outlook

Feature article

Feature article

Climate Explorer

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A monthly newsletter from the National Climate Centre.
June 2006 – Number 84
May – high rainfalls in Northland, Auckland, and Canterbury; dry conditions in Otago. Warm conditions in the north of the country. High river and stream flows in the north and east and normal to below normal flows in the west and south of both islands.
Outlook for May to July – mostly near normal conditions, but wetter and warmer in the north of the country.

May's climate

New Zealand climate in May 2006

Rainfall (click to enlarge).

Temperature (click to enlarge).

May was very wet in parts of Northland and Auckland, and in coastal Canterbury. In contrast, well below normal rainfall was recorded in Central and East Otago.
May was warmer than average in much of the north and west of the North Island, and in Nelson and the west of the South Island, but cooler than average in parts of Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Otago, and Southland.

Global setting & climate outlook

Global setting and climate outlook
Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) around New Zealand

New Zealand SST (click to enlarge).

Sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies in the New Zealand region increased sharply in May to near +0.8 °C, the 16th consecutive month of above average SST in the New Zealand region shown in the map below.


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