With weather having such an impact on NZ – farmers love to get an idea of what will happen when the seasons change. So as we are fully in Spring now NIWA has come out with a prediction for the next few months. Principal Scientist Chris Brandolino says New Zealand’s weather patterns include a hint of La Niña but it is less advanced compared to this time last year. Over the next three months, high pressure is expected to become more common near and east of the South Island, which may increase dry spells for some regions. October-December rainfall is most likely to be near normal in the north of both islands. The first half of October, however, will remain unsettled, with periods of rain and possible thunderstorms with dry spells. Temperatures are very likely to be above average across New Zealand with north-easterly winds bringing periods of warmth and humidity. Soil moisture levels are likely to be below normal in the west of the South Island and near normal or below normal in all other regions with river flows below normal in the west and east of the South Island and near normal or in all other regions