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Alice Springs has wetter forecast than Canterbury

It’s not too often you think of Alice Springs as being a wet place – but lately the inland part of Australia has had a number of rain events – and more rain is coming.

In the 10 day forecast for Alice Springs via Weatherzone showers are in the forecast for the next few days with then the risk of thunderstorms daily beyond that.

Even this morning rain is showing up on the Alice Springs rain radar.

Canterbury has a drier week ahead – with 3 of the 10 days showing some signs of rain, which is quite positive considering the ongoing drought.

Spillover showers or spits of rain are expected on Friday and Saturday around Canterbury – but on Sunday a low crossing the South Island may line up rain clouds for the eastern side of the island. Confidence for this happening in six days time is around 80%. This may drop, as the mountains can shred the rain clouds but it’s a high chance of rain and something farmers and growers can focus on with drier than average conditions. said in late August that Canterbury was likely to have a warmer and drier than average spring – but that September’s “neutral pattern” was creating two extra chances for rain in Canterbury 1) Lows crossing the South Island from the Tasman Sea, 2) Southerlies bringing in moisture.  It’s this combo that has been bringing some pockets of relief to the dry region but the stronger spring westerlies (drier) usually kicks in for Canterbury in a weeks time and runs through until November.

For now, Australia’s driest places seem to be getting the rain – showing that the weather pattern of 2016 in our part of the world continues to be a little more interesting.

– Image / Rain Radar over Alice Springs / weatherzone




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