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PLUS:  Cold snap heading to the South
More rain is on the way over the next few days for dry farms at both ends of the country.  As predicted by TRN’s Weather Watch Centre, La Nina’s typical rain pattern has started to kick in.  “We’ve been stating all along that La Nina produces good rain events and unfortunately this year farmers have simply been unlucky with rain bands narrowly missing New Zealand.  I see no reason why we shouldn’t remain optimisic that more sub tropical and Southern Ocean lows will spread rain over the country during March”.
However Duncan says we need to remain patient.  “While two systems will bring rain to both ends of the country, the outlook for next week is for dry weather to return.  We need to be patient and realise that the wetter weather will slowly pick up over the next several weeks”.  “For those regions with water restrictions you’ll still need to conserve water as we wait for more stable rain patterns to set in”.
So who’s getting the rain and when?
Auckland/Waikato:  Tomorrow, with showers on Friday and Saturday.
Bay of Plenty/Taranaki:  Tomorrow.
Canterbury/Otago/Southland:  Tomorrow, Friday & Saturday
And Summer will come to an abrupt, temporary, end on Friday and across the weekend for southerners.  A cold front is expected to bring low temperatures from Invercargill to Wellington starting Friday in the south and easing Sunday further north.  “Daytime temperatures in places like Invercargill, Dunedin and Timaru will drop to the low teens this weekend” says Philip Duncan.  “However a large high moving in next week should bring a return to summer-like temperatures but not as high as we saw in January”.  Wellington is also expected to see a cooling of day time highs over the next several days.



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