Hot summer on the way

04:01, Oct 31 2012
An early summer is likely in Waikato, according to NIWA.

Waikato people can look forward to the prospect of a dry hot summer, according to the latest Niwa predictions.

Niwa released its seasonal climate outlook for the next three months today, and it indicates that early summer will likely be dry in the Waikato.

The hottest temperatures are expected in the top of the North Island. Lower than normal pressures are expected southeast of the Chatham Islands, with weak south-westerly winds over New Zealand.

Climate Scientist Georgina Griffiths said rainfall is likely to be near normal or below normal in all North Island regions and in Nelson and Marlborough.

Kiwis living between Auckland and Gisborne will enjoy the warmer climate, with temperatures expected to be average or above average in the north and east of the North Island.

Ms Griffiths said there was a half chance that a weak El Nino could also develop in the next three months.

The ocean was warm around the equator at the El Nino threshold, but the atmosphere hasn't responded yet, she said.