Winter in the Bay of Plenty is expected to be warmer than normal with predictions of above average temperatures.
National Institute for Water and Atmospheric research says seasonal temperatures in the BOP are likely to be average or above average in most of the country, but frosts typical of winter will still occur from time to time.
In a statement released today, NIWA reports seasonal rainfalls, soil moisture levels and river flows are equally likely to be in the near normal or above normal range.
“Seas around New Zealand are likely to remain near normal or slightly cooler than normal during early winter.
“Early winter rainfall is likely to be normal or above normal in the north and east of the North Island, and near normal in other regions.”
NIWA says soil moisture levels are likely to be normal or above normal in the north and east of the North Island and near normal in other regions.