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A monthly newsletter from the National Climate Centre.

October 2006 – Number 88

September was a month of climate extremes with record low rainfall and high mean temperatures at many locations. Stream flows were low over most of the country, but high in the southwest of the South Island.

Outlook for October to December – a weak to moderate El Niño will have some influence on the climate of spring and summer, with increased south westerlies. It is likely to be cooler and wetter than normal in the west of the South Island, with normal or below normal rain in the north and east of the country.

In this issue

Cover image

Spring blossom in Otago, where September was mostly dry and warm.

Cover photo: Steve Le Gal

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