When will the rain arrive?

02:49, Feb 28 2013

Almost a month after the last rain touched the grass in Manawatu, showers are finally forecast, but it is unlikely to be the downpour farmers need.

MetService forecaster John Law said rain was on its way on Sunday morning from a long-awaited cold front.

The front was currently moving across the South Island, but it would weaken before it reached Manawatu and was only forecast to bring a brief spell of light showers.

"It's probably only going to give us a couple of millimetres [of rain] at this stage, but it's still worth keeping an eye on," Law said.

"If you're desperate for rain for the farm, this is probably not the kind of downpour you need."

The front would cool temperatures to about 20 degrees Celsius from Sunday to Tuesday after a week of temperatures in the mid-20s and above.

Law said 29mm of rain had fallen in Manawatu in February - the same amount as in January. All of it had fallen on the February 4 and 5.

Since records began, the average rainfall for Palmerston North in February is 69.8mm. 

It was too early to say whether March would bring the rain the region needed, but another period of high pressure was likely move in for the long haul in the middle of next week, he said.


Manawatu Standard