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Drier summer likely, says NIWA

Last updated 05:00 04/12/2012

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Holidaymakers should enjoy a predicted drier summer but farmers may not.

The forecast will be welcomed by beachgoers after the last miserable summer.

Drier conditions in the north and east of the North Island from December to February are predicted by NIWA.

More south-westerly winds and neutral atmospheric conditions (neither El Nino nor La Nina) are expected, such winds usually bringing less rain here.

Summer temperatures are likely to be around normal, and sea surface temperatures should also be normal, although about one degree colder than normal.

On average, one ex-tropical cyclone nears New Zealand during the November to April cyclone season, and this season is expected to be no different.

Meanwhile, farmers are urged to have contingency plans in case of drought.

That's the advice from Federated Farmers spokeswoman Katie Milne.

"Some parts of the country are already experiencing drier weather than last year," Ms Milne says.

"It is important not to leave it too long to make decisions. If farmers have good plans ready, they can be pro-active rather than re-active if a severe drought does eventuate."

Visit niwa.co.nz for more information

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