Aucklanders can expect a warm end to spring, according to climate scientists.
NIWA, the national climate centre, released its outlook today, saying temperatures in many parts of Auckland are likely to hover around an average of 16 degrees for the next two months.
"We're saying temperatures are going to be in the middle-to-warmer band," said the group's principal scientist Dr Brett Mullan.
"It's a fairly nice ending to the late spring."
He said as Auckland travels into summer, the temperature will rise between 1.5 to two degrees each month, hitting an average of around 18 degrees in December.
However, though the odds favour temperatures sticking to the expected script, Mullan said NIWA does not have high confidence in its temperature forecast this year.
"There are a number of models we have to establish guidance - some of them say different things and we're left in a bit of a quandary. That's what happened this time," he said.
Mullan said one model they were using for Auckland kept forecasting cooler temperatures.
But NIWA scientists are more confident on the rainfall front, and they expect more than usual.
"Rainfall was more consistent - there are more weather systems from the west and north-west, so it will be wetter."
Mullan said rainfall and temperatures vary across Auckland.
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