Reprieve for parched paddocks

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 12:00 10/04/2014
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FINALLY: Rain in Palmerston North.

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The rain has come.

After the driest March on record in Palmerston North, and abnormally warm start to April, showers finally fell on parched Manawatu paddocks yesterday morning.

And MetService is predicting a similar pattern of moisture 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 in the coming days."

The rain in the region was yesterday 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.

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

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 it's a long period of showery conditions to look forward to."

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