October's changeable weather is forecast to continue into November, with better weather looking to take over at the end of the month.
Rainfall in October was just below normal with 54.8mm recorded for the area, despite the perception October was unusually wet, MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said.
"It was a little bit drier than I would have given it. There was fairly patchy rainfalls and some places would have received larger percentages of rain than others," she said.
"It was also a warmer month, even though it didn't feel like it at the end."
The average temperature was 14.8C, 0.7C above normal for October.
Niwa senior media adviser Susan Pepperell said the mean daily maximum temperature for October in Tauranga was 19.1C, 1C above average.
The minimum was 10.6C, 0.5C above average.
Te Puke had its second highest October minimum temperature since records began in 1973, at 15.7C on October 20.
Ms Griffiths said October's changeable weather was likely to flow through to November.
"The Tasman Sea is still pretty unsettled, throwing weather our way.
"It was pretty unsettled in October and that flavour is expected to continue into November," she said.
"Temperature wise, it started quite cold this November but we expect a transit to above normal temperature late into the month."
She expected November to be wetter than usual, with a "mild" spout of weather in store for next week.
"There is some barbecue weather, but people in the Bay of Plenty will have to look at the forecast before."
Niwa predicted there was a 55 per cent chance temperatures would be above average in the Bay of Plenty over November, a 40 per cent change of the normal amount of rainfall and a 40 per cent of above normal rainfall.