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Is a drought looming?

It feels like a headline we’ve run every November for the past three years but again eastern parts of New Zealand are finding themselves in very dry conditions before summer even officially starts.

In particular is receiving reports of water tanks nearly running dry north of Auckland and about eastern Northland.  Other dry areas would include the east coast of the North Island.

Recent 30 plus temperatures in the South Island’s east coast won’t be helping conditions there either.

The dry weather doesn’t appear to be easing anytime soon with WeatherWatch predicting at least another 10 days of winds “mostly from the westerly quarter”. 

Westerlies tend to quickly lose their moisture after crossing land so eastern areas remain mostly dry.

However western areas are in for heavy rain with MetService closely watching the South Island’s West Coast later in the week.  Rain warnings look quite likely to be issued as a low develops in the Tasman Sea.

That same low is likely to bring some rain or showers to eastern areas on Sunday but at this stage rainfall amounts aren’t predicted to be high.

We want to know what conditions are like where you live?  Whether it’s North, South, East or West.  Post a comment below and let us know.


Derek on 24/11/2009 1:27am

Hi WW,

Here in Whangarei it is exceptionally dry and has been for sometime now, constant SW or W winds have not ceased in weeks and also cloudy day after day with just small amounts of sun peeking through now and then.

Have not seen it this dry at this time of the year, as far as I can recall, in the 22 years I have lived here.

From conditions at this time a drought seems very likely. Thankfully we are not on tank water. We may get water restrictions though which will be a first for a long time.

I never ask for rain but I am at this time.

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