Retrospective - March to May Outlook

Predicted rainfall: Rainfall is likely to be in the near normal range for all regions.

Outcome: Rainfall was below normal for the west and south of the South Island, the central North Island, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and parts of Northland. It was wetter than normal for much of the Auckland Region as well as, northern parts of the Waikato Region, the top of the South Island and coastal areas of both Canterbury and Otago. Normal rainfall few elsewhere.

Predicted air temperature: Temperatures are likely to be above average across the North Island, and are very likely to be above average across the South Island.

Outcome: Temperatures were indeed above average across most of the North Island and much of the South Island. Normal temperatures were recorded in Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel, southern Hawkes Bay, eastern Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.