It's raining at last. Weatherwatch analyst Richard Green said
most of the drought-stricken North Island, and much of the
South, got a reasonable soaking overnight and this morning.
It was the most rain the country had seen since the first
week of February. However, it was not a "drought breaker".
"Nonetheless, it will make places greener and top-up water
tanks," Mr Green said.
"It's looking like coming and going this afternoon and
tonight and that will continue tomorrow New Zealand-wide, by
the looks of things."
Most of the North Island had received 5-10mm of rain so far,
with Kauri near Whangarei got the most rain with 15mm.
Unusually, the driest part of the country was Southland.
Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay also didn't get any rain.
The heaviest showers brought by this system would in the
upper South Island late tonight, while the central North
Island would continue to get moderate falls.
The upper North Island would likely have further intermittent
The low currently over the country should remain here until
Tuesday, when an anti-cyclone was forecast to arrive and
bring back the dry weather.
This should stay until Friday, when there could be more rain.
Mr Green said the North Island needed 70 - 100mm of rain in
order to break the drought.
"But we don't want that all at once because the ground is so
hard it would run off and create flooding. Ideally, we would
like close to 100mm of rain over two to three weeks."