January 2019 was characterised by lower than normal pressure to the south and south-east of New Zealand and higher than normal pressure over the Tasman Sea.
New Zealand Climate Update 236 - February 2019
18 March 2019
What happened in January how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for January-March.
Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) remained above average in the equatorial Pacific Ocean during January 2019, particularly near and west of the International Dateline, although declined slightly below the conventional threshold for El Niño.
February – April 2019 temperatures are forecast to be above average (50-60% chance) for all regions of New Zealand.
The November 2018 – January 2019 atmospheric circulation around New Zealand was forecast to be characterised by higher pressure than normal around the country and lower pressure than normal to the southwest.