When it rained it poured in Otago yesterday.
The spell of fine, dry weather was broken across the province
after an active weather system moved across the country.
For the 24 hours to 5pm yesterday, Dunedin airport recorded
rainfall of 26.8mm, Dunedin City 19.8mm, Balclutha 35.1mm,
Queenstown 39.4mm, Wanaka 28.4mm, Alexandra 26.8mm and Oamaru
MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the active
weather system would cross the country by today, but with
lower temperatures expected.
A fine and settled Waitangi Day was forecast for the country
tomorrow. Dunedin City Council water production manager
Gerard McCombie said the timely rain meant the council, which
on Friday urged people to conserve water, would not have to
consider water restrictions at this stage.
With another anticyclone forecast, however, it was still
prudent to be sensible with water use, he said.
''We're not saying summer's over yet.''