For the month as whole, October mean sea level pressure was higher than normal over and to the southwest of New Zealand, resulting in more southerly winds than normal over the country.
New Zealand Climate Update 233 - November 2018
11 January 2019
What happened in October, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for November-January.
The November 2018 – January 2019 atmospheric circulation around New Zealand is forecast to be characterised by higher pressure than normal around the country and lower pressure than normal to the southwest.
November 2018 – January 2019 temperatures are forecast to be above average (40-45% chance) or near average (40% chance) for all regions of New Zealand.
It was forecast that the emergence of El Niño conditions, especially during the second half of the season, may influence periods of enhanced southwesterly wind flows.