Autumn's arrival a second chance for Kiwis who missed out on summer

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Summer is officially over and for many parts of the country it was a bit of a bummer summer.

This warm, summer like weather is expected to continue well into March before the typical up and down conditions we're used to in autumn kick in in April and May.
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However autumn is making a splash in the capital.

Wellington had the cloudiest January on record and also the windiest summer in 14 years. While in Canterbury and Hawke's Bay the dry windy weather fuelled bush fires. Rain-starved Northland was thrown into a drought. 

NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll said some rain was in sight. 

"After very dry conditions across Northland, we do see some downpours on the radar so that is good news for farmers and growers."

Autumn's arrival also brings good news for those not ready to put away the togs and beach towels yet. 

The warm, summer-like weather is expected to continue well into March, before the typical up and down conditions in autumn begin in April. 

"Temperatures that are average or above average are mostly likely outcomes for much for New Zealand except for western areas," Mr Noll said. 

"In terms of rainfall, much of country is expected to see near normal or below normal."

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