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Are you suffering from the dry in Northland?

Dry weather has set in across Northland over the past few weeks, due to large highs that won’t budge from the northern Tasman Sea and the North Island region.

While rain is still predicted to arrive over summer, is keen to hear from you about conditions at your property.

Post a comment below and tell us if you’ve already started to preserve water, or if you’re noticing plants, grass starting to die, etc.

If you’re from other regions that’s fine too – just let us know where you’re from in your comment below.

Homepage image / Last summer’s big dry – Sarah Baldwin


Northland on 10/11/2010 11:04am

I love everything about Whangarei apart from the weather as I much prefer COLD weather or cool weather I just can’t stand the summers in whangarei too hot and horrid last year summer started in october and didnt finish until mid end of april it was disgusting dont mind at all about the water restrictions dobbed in heaps of ppl last year who all went against it mainly ppl at the boat sheds fully washing their boats with hoses i put bread out for birds today on my lawn bread was dry and hard within a few minutes from todays HOT summer day i wish summer was over before its even began in WHangarei

Jed on 10/11/2010 7:06am

dairy farming west of Whangarei and already are noticing the tops of the hills are browning off. Grass growth has slowed dramatically. recorded 80 mls of rain for September, and only 44 mls for October, which is only half what we had last October, looking very much like a repeat of last year, which we are desperately hoping turns around soon. After last seasons drought and related costs to get through the winter, another drought this season would be the final straw

Mark on 10/11/2010 3:03am

Pretty dry here in Kaitaia. No appreciable rain for some time. Temperatures are not overly hot though – only getting to about 20 C most days. Being the town closest to the tropics (comparatively speaking) it always surprises me that it doesn’t always get the highest temperatures in the country.

Glenda on 10/11/2010 12:17am

Rain stopped here in Kerkeri at the begining of October. Total for that month 55m. Still pretty green between here and Whangarei and tanks still good for now.

Looks like more high pressure systems for the next week or so and that suits me fine. Still finishing outdoor building work for our new house.

La Nina summers always end up wet so I guess rain won’t be far away. Pretty tired of easterly tho.

Guest on 10/11/2010 12:16am

I drove from matamata to taupo yesterday and everyone is short of feed and are crying out for a few days of good rain. But looking at the metservice 10 day forecast its looking bleak! I came to NZ from the UK4 years ago to find dairy farming paradise. All Ive seen is wet winters and 100 year droughts!

Guest on 9/11/2010 11:48pm

starting to dry out in taranaki, coastal parts only had 1mm this month, and only 10mm in october, but windy everyday

Ann on 9/11/2010 11:47pm

We are west of Warkworth and just had our driest October since we have been recording rainfall 16 years ago. Grass is barely growing due to the dry and I have talked to some worried farmers who desperately need growth for their hay paddocks.

Guest on 9/11/2010 11:28pm

We have huge cracks in the ground already and the grass has stopped growing. We are keeping a very close eye on what water consumption.

Very worried that its this dry already!

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