Weather

Drought continues as rain falls

Smatterings of rainfall throughout much of the country this week failed to bring drought relief to the most parched regions.

Downpour after drought in April

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 marked by droughts and heavy rain

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.

Drier, warmer than usual: Niwa

Coastal Otago is expected to remain drier and warmer than normal in the coming months, the National Institute of Atmospheric Research says.

Winter roads help at hand

Winter roads help at hand

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.

Queenstown retailers prepare for flood

Queenstown retailers prepare for flood

Several Queenstown waterfront retailers reacted swiftly to a flood alert posted for Lake Wakatipu yesterday afternoon, closing premises and moving merchandise.

Another mostly dry month

Another mostly dry month

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.

Crashes prompt wet-weather road reminder

Crashes prompt wet-weather road reminder

The first rain during the day for a week made Dunedin roads greasy yesterday, prompting police to issue a reminder to drivers.

Risk of flooding, slips and rapidly rising rivers

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.

Heavy rain mars wapiti hunt

Heavy rain mars wapiti hunt

Otago hunters squelched their way back to work this week after an extremely wet start to the wapiti hunting season in Fiordland.

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