Cooler summer expected

Maggie Robinson has a go at surfing at Oakura Beach last summer.
Maggie Robinson has a go at surfing at Oakura Beach last summer.

Taranaki can expect a cooler summer this year, says Niwa.

Niwa released its seasonal climate outlook for December to February today, with climate scientist Georgina Griffiths saying summer temperatures were likely to be typical across the country except in Taranaki, Wellington and the West Coast.

For the central North Island the temperature is equally likely to be normal or below normal while rainfall, river flow and soil moisture are all predicted to be normal over the season as a whole.

"Sea temperatures around New Zealand are rather cold at the moment, they are around 1 degree cooler than they typically are. We are expecting that coolness to continue over the summer period,'' Griffiths said.

The regions north of Taupo and the East Coast should expect quite a dry summer, while everyone else should expect average rainfall levels, she said.

"Summer is likely to be a bit of a different flavour from last year," Griffiths said.

"Last year, the North Island, Nelson, Marlborough were very wet and it was very dry in the Southland and the West Coast. It is kind of the reverse this year."

Taranaki Daily News