Good weather news for spring

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 03/09/2014

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Warmer than usual, and a bit wetter too.

That's the outlook for spring in Taranaki, according to Niwa meteorologist Chris Brandolino.

He said temperatures in the North Island, including Taranaki, were equally likely to be average or above average and rainfall was equally likely to be normal or above normal.

MetService meteorologist Elke Louw said the weather for the first week of spring wasn't looking too bad.

Today was setting up to be nice and sunny, but cloud would begin to increase tomorrow with scattered rain likely in the evening and a fresh easterly wind, she said yesterday.

On Friday the forecast was for occasional rain with a strong southeasterly in exposed places.

Rain would clear on Saturday with a fresh southeasterly predicted and Sunday was looking nice with clear skies and light winds.

The MetService's 10-day forecast predicts more rain next week with showers and winds out of the west predicted for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Brandolino said the country was currently in a neutral weather pattern and predictions for it to turn El Nino had reduced to 55 per cent for the spring months.

There was a 70 per cent chance it would turn El Nino for summer, he said.

Should the weather pattern turn into an El Nino, Taranaki could expect stronger and more frequent west or southwest winds, Brandolino said.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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