Smatterings of rainfall throughout much of the country this
week failed to bring drought relief to the most parched
Otago may have been declared to be in drought in early April
but by the end of the month some towns in the region had
received their first significant rainfall in nearly a year.
April was marked by droughts in the North Island and heavy
rain in parts of the South Island, according to an official
summary of the month's weather.
Coastal Otago is expected to remain drier and warmer than
normal in the coming months, the National Institute of
Atmospheric Research says.
As the winter months set in, many Dunedin residents will turn
their attention to how they will tackle ice-covered roads and
treacherous footpaths on the city's snow days.
Several Queenstown waterfront retailers reacted swiftly to a
flood alert posted for Lake Wakatipu yesterday afternoon,
closing premises and moving merchandise.
Significant rain is urgently needed in many parts of Otago to
ease soil moisture deficits after another dry month, a
problem which has been compounded by the onset of cooler
weather, hydrological consultant Dave Stewart says.
The first rain during the day for a week made Dunedin roads
greasy yesterday, prompting police to issue a reminder to
As heavy rain continues to fall in Fiordland and Westland,
alpine-fed streams could rise quickly and there is a risk of
flooding and slips today, MetService warned yesterday.
Otago hunters squelched their way back to work this week
after an extremely wet start to the wapiti hunting season in
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