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Australia’s drought now eating into New Zealand’s rainfall figures

On Sunday we wrote about how NZ is being affected by Australia’s drought now a review of the past month’s rainfall shows some places only got 10mm of rain.

Farmers are increasingly telling us they have only received about one third of their normal rainfall in some parts of the country so far this year.

Enormous high pressure systems – like the one moving in this week and weekend – have been drifting east from Australia for months now and it is clearly having an affect on our rainfall figures. As we approach the halfway mark of the year the low rainfall is now starting to concern some in the agri sector about the impact this might have on summer. Likewise power companies are watching the South Island’s hydro lakes.

It’s not all negative news. Soil moisture levels have returned closer to normal across a large portion of New Zealand and some very dry regions have had some good relief this past month, especially around the North Island. But areas like Northland, Auckand, Waikato and especially Canterbury are all well down on where they should be these past four weeks precipitation-wise.



Guest on 24/06/2019 10:58pm

don’t you read face book its a funny sort of drought the lakes nearly full the first time in 30 years and it was raining in perth for that league and as we speak sydneys getting a good dump you see these big highs are diverting the rain on to aus I have been watching the maps and stopping it from coming to nz … there was no tropical season in nz much as the highs blocked it but aus got it……I have a nz book says theres meant to be a high over aus in winter thats the normal pattern if any thing the highs are to low like summer they are suppose to move north over aus in winter and let those southern lows come up

WW Forecast Team on 25/06/2019 3:32am

As we said before, the lakes filling up have nothing to do with local rain – it was rainfall thousands of kilometres away. Perth and some coastal areas are ok, but most of the country is officially in drought. Feel free to tell farmers in Aussie they aren’t!

– WW

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