New Zealand climate in July 2006
July, normally the coldest month of the year, was warmer than June, providing a reprieve from the very cold start to winter. The national average temperature of 8.2 °C was 0.3 °C above the 1971-2000 normal. July temperatures were above average in the east of the North Island, Marlborough, Nelson, and Southern Lakes, and below average in Northland, inland South Canterbury, and North Otago.
High rainfalls were recorded across much of the southern North Island, where in some places it was the wettest July in more than 30 years. Otago and Northland were drier than usual.
For more information on the climate in July, visit the climate summaries page at www.niwascience.co.nz/ncc/cs/mclimsum_06_07
Soils remain wet
Soils across the country were mostly at or above field capacity at the end of the month, with particularly wet conditions in parts of Canterbury.
Record low stream flows in Northland and Auckland contrasted with record high stream flows in the east and south of the North Island. South Island stream flows were above normal in the east and normal to below normal elsewhere.
May 2006 to July 2006: the climate we predicted and what happened
High rainfalls occurred in the eastern North Island and in Canterbury as predicted. It was drier than expected in Northland and in the southern South Island.
Air temperatures were mostly lower than predicted in the west and north of the North Island, and in western, central, and southern parts of the South Island. Elsewhere temperatures were near average in line with predictions.
Stream flows were above normal in the east of the North Island, and normal to above normal in the north and southwest of the North Island and the east of the South Island. Near normal stream flows occurred elsewhere in the South Island.