New Zealand Climate Update

This monthly summary of New Zealand's climate comes from our National Climate Centre. Each issue includes information on the past month’s climate and soil moisture, an outlook for the next quarter, and a ‘backgrounder’ on some aspect of New Zealand’s climate.

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Issues

What happened in February, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for March to May.

What happened in January, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for February to April.

What happened in December, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for January to March.

What happened in November, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for December to February.

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 to January.

What happened in September, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for October to December.

What happened in August, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for September to November

What happened in July, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for August to October

What happened in June, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for July to September

What happened in May, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for June to August.

What happened in April, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for May to July.

What happened in March, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for April to June.

What happened in February, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for March to May.

What happened in January, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for February to April.

What happened in December, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for January to March.

What happened in November, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for December to February.

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 to January.

What happened in September, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for October to December.

What happened in August, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our outlook for September to November.

What happened in July, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures and our outlook for August to October.

What happened in June, how our climate outlook for the previous three months turned out, global and local sea temperatures, and our climate outlook for July to September.

What happened in May, how our last predictions turned out, and what global sea temperatures predict for the climate for June to July.

Current Climate - April 2009
April 2009 was dominated by persisting anticyclones to the east of the North Island of New Zealand. This resulted in more northerly air flows than normal over the country, which contributed to higher than normal rainfall in the far north and southwest, and lower than normal rainfall in the east and south.

Global Settings - April 2009
Pacific Ocean temperatures are slightly above normal near the South American coast and in the area west of the Date Line.

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