The month of January brought about a sizzling start to 2015, but with February in sight the hot summer could be cut short, forecasters predict.
The drought that has threatened acres of land around NZ with serious fire risk has lessened, for now, with February‘s forecast looking marginally damper.
Metservice Metereologist Georgina Griffiths says that January was one of the sunniest months on record, and says there is some good news on its way for farmers this month.
“As we move into February 2015, the ‘block’ has gone for now – meaning weather systems are able to move more freely across the country, increasing the odds of showers or rain. Most regions are likely to see more rainfall in February than was observed in January,” says Griffiths.
Although the North Island is on target for a ‘normal’ February, farmers down South will not be so lucky.
Griffiths says “a drier than normal February is forecast for the South Island,” but that above normal February rainfall is expected for Northland and Auckland.