East Coast farmers are today celebrating after substantial rain finally falls after months of dry weather. The system that brought flooding rains to Australia’s east coast is this afternoon bringing heavy rain to our east coast. “From Gisborne to Wairarapa the rain has been falling and the best news is there is more to come” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan. “Right through this week we’re expecting showery conditions – not as much as today but still enough to keep the ground damp”.
Mr Duncan says mild temperatures will also promote some grass growth but southerlies arriving by Friday will bring colder conditions. “For the next 10 days it looks like the region will break from the dry blustery westerly direction, with more easterlies and southerlies”. He says if this pattern stays in place then the drought issues should start to ease, but he warns farmers shouldn’t count their chickens just yet, as weather patterns at this time of year can be very changeable.
Reports from Napier are that the rain has been persistent all day. Some good news in what has been a sad day on the weather front.