The heavy downpours which have brought flooding to parts of
Auckland and Wellington have not hit farming areas most
desperate for rain, Federated Farmers says.
The first significant snowfall of the year is predicted for
Otago and Southland tomorrow.
Strong winds buffeting Southland and Otago are beginning to
ease, as the wild weather makes its way up to Canterbury.
Thunderstorms, heavy rain and gale force winds are likely to
hit the South Island's West Coast this weekend.
The subtropical weather system which brought torrential rain
to the Nelson region has abated and been replaced by much
more pedestrian weather, MetService says.
Soaked Nelson residents are bracing for more heavy rain this
afternoon as authorities study historical slip sites amid the
threat of another torrential downpour.
There is a chance the wet weather expected to break the
drought for parts of the North Island tomorrow and Tuesday
will return by the end of the week, as forecasts hint at an
end to the long dry conditions.
It was the warmest March in about 60 years for Wanaka and
Cromwell and the driest in Balclutha.
Heavy rain has given some farmers confidence they have now
beaten the devastating record drought.
Some drought-stricken areas will start to see some small
relief this week as rain is forecast to finally fall on some
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