Spring looks likely to be warm and dry

01:43, Jan 31 2009

Summer seems set to arrive early, with above average temperatures expected for most of New Zealand during the next two months.

Wellington, Manawatu and Wanganui can look forward to warmer-than-normal temperatures and below-average rainfall during the period.

Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and Gisborne are unlikely to experience any big difference from last year, with normal temperatures and rainfall expected.

South Islanders are also likely to get a taste of the balmy weather, with above-average temperatures likely for the West Coast, Southland and Otago.

Niwa climate scientist Jim Salinger said westerly winds, which normally worked to keep spring temperatures down, would be weaker than normal.

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