Rain still hard to come by for most of New Zealand
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Posted February 24, 2020
Media Release: MetService
MetService is forecasting a mostly dry start to this week, with predominantly settled conditions.
The front which moved over New Zealand on the weekend, provided some brief rain relief for drought-stricken parts of New Zealand.
However, more rain is needed and there are little signs of any significant rain this week for the places that want it most.
A ridge of high pressure lies over the country for the first half of this week keeping most potential rain makers at bay, although Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, and parts of the lower South Island are likely to see a few showers.
A couple of fronts move onto the South Island later in the week bringing rain to Westland and Fiordland, but these fronts struggle to progress onto the North Island where the ridge holds firm.
MetService Meteorologist Stephen Glassey says; “Some parts of the North Island may see a few showers, but not the kind of rain that is needed.”
“Temperatures increase during the week, and muggy conditions return with the rising temperatures.”