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Today is the first day of Autumn in New Zealand and many farmers will be hoping today’s weather is an indicator of what this season will bring.  Heavy rain is currently moving over Northland and Northern Canterbury while smaller rain bands are moving across Auckland, Southland and now into Taranaki.  “No matter where you are, you are likely to get rain today” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  “There are fronts moving in from the north, west and south – we’re literally being bombarded”.
Duncan says saturated air from as far north as Papua New Guinea is responsible for the weather.  “It’s tropical, it’s wet, but it’s just what many dry farms are needing”.   And he says the wet weather shouldn’t end with just this weekends low.    “A big low last weekend, another one this weekend and yet another forecast next week are all signs that Summer’s long lasting Highs are well and truly behind us.  Now we can hopefully see the beginning of the end for our nations crippling droughts”.
Southland and Waikato are expecting solid rainfall later today and tomorrow morning, while north facing parts of Taranaki should also see some good rain.   
Weather for tonight’s Mission Concert in Hawkes Bay is still looking a bit unpredictable.  “The computer models say rain but it is coming from the north west which is typically a dry direction.  I’d say some spots of rain are definitely possible so pack some wet weather gear but hope that it holds off until much later tonight”.   Weather Watch says the current forecast for Napier is for a few spots of rain to develop tonight, heavier after midnight.



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