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Rain moving into the dry eastern North Island

Rain is starting to set in across Hawkes Bay and other dry eastern regions of the North Island.  The low that is moving in has the chance to deliver a solid burst of rain for the drier than average part of the North Island, starting this afternoon and perhaps not easing until Thursday morning.

Hawkes Bay may have a heavy burst of rain this evening but then should ease overnight.

Patchier rain will move into Wairarapa later today and overnight – and has a better chance of lingering into Thursday morning.

While the ranges may get 100mm of rain we don’t see that much falling in the driest coastal areas – however the downpours may just be enough to reverse the dry weather in the east, or at least put a nice dent in it.


Soil moisture deficit map for today by NIWA (funded by the NZ taxpayer) Driest areas in orange/yellow


2pm Rain Radar by MetService (funded by the NZ taxpayer) blue areas show heavier rain moving in.



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