It could be time to unfurl the brolly and dig out the
raincoat from the back of the wardrobe as rain looks set to
hit much of the country this weekend.
Winemakers, wedding celebrants and outdoor enthusiasts are
rushing to rearrange plans for the weekend, with the remnants
of Tropical Cyclone Lusi expected to bear down on the upper
The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lusi are on track to hit New
Zealand this weekend, forecasters say, with the North Island
likely to bear the brunt of the storm.
An increasing trend
towards more westerly weather patterns along Otago's coast
does not bode well for future warm summers, climate scientist
Jim Salinger says.
''A more traditional summer'' is how Otago Federated Farmers
president Stephen Korteweg describes the season.
Ask anyone and they will tell you Otago's had a lousy
summer - even the experts. With the official summer season
ending yesterday, Rebecca Fox seeks the truth behind the
In nearly 40 years of measuring the weather at his Balaclava
home, John Bradley has never seen a summer quite like it.
February's outlook is for warm sunny weather, and hot
temperatures in some places, but the summer weather might be
Summer is finally coming back to most parts of country with
long, hot afternoons forecast and little rain for farmers.
Wild winds brought by ex-Cyclone June which crashed into the
top of the North Island yesterday has calmed but delivered a
final blow to an Auckland property this morning - bringing a
tree down on a house and car.
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