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Rain makers finally line up for dry North Is regions, Easter may be wet

It’s been a long time coming but the weather pattern around New Zealand is finally changing gears and rain makers look likely to return to the North Island after months of dry weather for some.

There are numerous dry areas, some from Manawatu to Waikato are drier than they were in last years big drought.

But as predicted by in late March, the mid-April change to wetter weather still looks likely.

“We’re seeing more and more showers popping up across the North Island this weekend and in the coming days, while next week we have at least two low pressure systems moving in from the west and north west” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

The second low, which may arrive during Easter, may well be remnants from current Tropical Cyclone Ita in the Coral Sea.

“The tropical system looks likely to slide down the Queensland coast in the coming week then may well reach the North Island around the start of the Easter weekend.  However not all models agree on this track yet – there remains a great deal of uncertainty about how much energy the remnants of this low will have by the time they reach the Tasman Sea mid next week”.  Mr Duncan says those going away for Easter, and those needing rain, should keep up to date with the long range maps at across next week.

A third, weaker, low from the Tasman Sea is also possible around Easter Monday.

The chance of rain for places like Manawatu and Waikato over the coming 10 days is as high as 80%.  For some farms it has been months since the chance of rain was that high.



Guest on 11/04/2014 10:37pm

What about Northland – Dargaville and Kaipara areas?

WW Forecast Team on 12/04/2014 1:03am

Check out our MAPS tab at the top of the page for the latest rain/wind potential for your area – certainly Northland is exposed to rain from most sub-tropical lows that come down – but not all!  Models are still changing so keep an eye on those rain maps over the weekend.


Melanie on 11/04/2014 1:32am

Thank you rain gods!  We made it through another dry summer without having to buy water – just!!  Tank half full now and the paddocks are starting to green up, finally!  South of Hamilton in Rukuhia

sw on 10/04/2014 8:52pm

April is usual the change month sometimes march depending on the year.

GuBob Binghamest on 10/04/2014 7:44pm

With the Pacific heating up for an impending El Nino there are a fey cyclones about and with the heat they are very powerfull. The rain is welcome but we don’t need a cyclone.

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