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Farmers – two windows to cut hay

Two windows of opportunity present themselves for many farmers across the country looking to make hay while the sun shines. says Wednesday, Thursday and Friday looks mostly dry across the North Island – but there is a moderate risk of a few showers on Friday.   The data suggests the risk is mostly 30% but rises to 60% in Manawatu.   If you could start today you may have just enough time. 

In the South Island the window is narrower with showers likely late Thursday and Friday. 

Nelson and Marlborough look dry all week.

If you don’t want to risk it this week, you’ll only have to wait a few more days for the next window of opportunity which starts to push in early next week. 

Another high looks set to move in and bring mostly dry weather to the nation for several days.

Again the wettest weather looks most likely in Southland early next week.

– Homepage image / Debbie Zillwood



Jessica on 17/01/2012 8:11am

I never go off metservice for Auckland weather anymore. They’ve been wrong so many times this summer. This afternoon it was raining outside & straight away I checked their website & they’d forecasted clear blue skies! WW’s forecast was accurate.

LM on 17/01/2012 2:14am

Sighs. You do realise that the ‘next weeks’ weather has predicted rain for Southland since early December? I’ve started saving the long term outlooks and the accuracy isn’t that good at all.

WW Forecast Team on 17/01/2012 2:26am

This isn’t a highly detailed forecast – just a brief overview of conditions for the majority of farmers around the country.  If we were to have detailed news stories for every region they’d be pages long! 

– WW

Guest on 17/01/2012 7:54am

Its still too cloudy and humid up north to cut my hay. I need a week of dry windy weather. The cows are slowly munching their way through the hay paddock. If it ever gets dry I will try and cut a bit of what is left, otherwise they can just keep on munching and Ill have to use some other saved grass for the winter.

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