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Warm months ahead, no relief for some

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/09/2016
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There's no respite from dry conditions in the eastern South Island in NIWA's outlook for the next three months.

'This is the region that could use the rain the most but unfortunately over the next three months we expect it to be normal or below normal," says Ben Noll, a NIWA forecaster.

The overall situation for the next three months is for "borderline La Nina conditions" which means higher pressure than normal in the south and southeast of the country, and lower pressures than normal in the north.

The whole country is expected to have an increased chance for above average temperatures.

Much of the North Island will have an increased risk for above normal rainfall and the east and west of the South Island will have an increased chance for below normal rainfall.

In coastal Canterbury and east Otago temperatures are most likely to be above average while rainfall is likely to be near normal or below normal.

In Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty there's a 60 per cent chance temperatures are likely to be above average.

Rainfall totals are about equally likely to be above normal or near normal.

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