Rain has fallen off and on across the Waikato region today and TRN’s Weather Watch Centre is now predicting plenty more to come. “We have a 90% confidence that more rain will fall tonight and tomorrow with a 70% confidence that more rain will fall on Wednesday and Thursday morning” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “If these forecasts are accurate then farmers across the Waikato will be able to heave a sigh of relief”.
Isolated thunderstorms have started to form off the Taranaki coast this afternoon and they are expected to move onshore overnight, right along the North Island’s west coast.
Meanwhile government forecaster MetService is predicting warm humid air to create thunderstorms and heavy showers over Auckland and Waikato tomorrow.
“This low has brought with it a huge amount of tropical air and it’s today stalled in the Tasman Sea. It will continue to feed humid, wet, northerlies over northern New Zealand right up until Friday with periods of rain and showers for most northern and western areas of the North Island – it’s a real contrast to last week” says Duncan.
“The rain that has fallen today is not enough on it’s own to end the Waikato drought, however if predicted rainfall eventuates, along with higher temperatures, the drought may be well on its way out by this weekend”.