Rain at last, and more to come

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 16:44 09/04/2014
Manawatu rain
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RAIN AT LAST: And MetService is predicting a similar pattern of showers will continue for some time.

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The rain has come.

After the driest March on record in Palmerston North, and a scorching start to April, showers finally fell on parched Manawatu paddocks this morning.

And MetService is predicting a similar pattern of showers will continue for some time.

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said broken rain was forecast in Palmerston North until at least the end of the weekend.

"We've got a number of different weather systems pacing around the country and they'll all be sort of dropping their fingers in on you on the coming days."

The rain in the region was currently far more significant on the eastern side of the Ruahine Range down to Wellington, but the moisture in the west was nothing to turn the nose up at, Corbett said. 

"If you drove through the gorge up to Hawke's Bay you would definitely be needing your gumboots," he said.

"It will come and it will go for you, but you can keep rain in the forecast."

Wind would eventually turn from southeasterlies to northeasterlies tomorrow, which would keep temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius.

"It's not too bad looking on Thursday or Friday. There will be showers in the morning on Thursday but those will clear in the afternoon and the sun will come out.

"Then there's another system coming through on Friday night and that should hang around over the weekend."

Corbett said unsettled April weather was likely from now on.

"At last we are getting some rain for the paddocks. There will be a high again at some point, no doubt, but for the time being its a long period of showery conditions to look forward to."

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