Rain watch: Monday 25 March

23:18, Mar 24 2013

After being declared in drought on Friday, the north end of the West Coast is forecast to receive a respite with over a week of rain expected.

Further south along the coast, Hokitika received 3.4mm yesterday and, according to MetService, is also in line for some rain on many coming days.

MetService said heavy rain fell in Fiordland and South Westland yesterday, and is expected to continue falling there today.

Heavy rain is also forecast today for the headwaters of the Canterbury and Otago lakes and rivers south of the Rakaia River.

Among the centres, Invercargill won the rain stakes yesterday with 4.8mm, while for much of the country MetService is offering some hope of relief from the dry weather from Easter Sunday, or the day after.

However that's not the case for Napier, with MetService's forecast continuing to show an unbroken string of 10 sunny days.

The hope for the hard-hit Hawke's Bay is that the further out the forecast, the more of a chance that it will change.


Kerikeri picked up 1mm between midnight and 6am, while Whangarei got 0.6mm in the early hours after 0.4mm yesterday. Four days of rain or showers are being forecast for the region from Easter Sunday.


Nothing over the weekend, but also four days of rain or showers in the forecast from Easter Sunday.

Bay of Plenty

Tauranga had 0.2mm of rain yesterday and 2mm early today, and is shown having four days of showers or rain from Easter Sunday. Rotorua has had no rain and is in line for four showery or rainy days from Easter Sunday.


The latest forecast shows Waikato having to wait until Easter Monday for any rain, with three days of rain lined up from that date.

Hawke's Bay

Napier continues to do it tough, with  no rain falling over the weekend and 10 days of nothing but sun stretching ahead. Hastings was also dry over the weekend but has the prospect of three days of showers from Easter Monday.


New Plymouth has had no recent rain but four days of showers are forecast from Easter Sunday.


Palmerston North was dry over the weekend, with showers or rain due from Easter Monday.


Wellington was dry but is being tantalised with the possibility of some drizzle tomorrow with showers from Easter Monday.


Showers forecast from Easter Monday for Nelson, while a few millimetres are being forecast for Blenheim tomorrow, but then nothing more until April 3, right at the end of MetService's 10-day forecast period.

West Coast

Westport in Buller district got no rain over the weekend, but light falls are expected today getting heavier tonight, with showers forecast for seven of the following nine days. Hokitika had 3.4mm through the early hours of this morning and is in line for a wet day with a decent amount of rain late this afternoon and tonight, and more rain for seven of the next nine days.


A few millimetres of rain is being forecast for Christchurch tonight, but then nothing more until April 2. No rain is on the horizon for Kaikoura during the next 10 days. There is a prospect of some light rain in Timaru this evening and tomorrow but then no more for the 10-day forecast period.


Dunedin picked up 1.2mm yesterday and another 0.8mm early today, and a few more millimetres are expected during the day. More showers forecast for the three days from Easter Monday. Queenstown had a few spots yesterday and early this morning and is due to have showers during the day, with more on the horizon from Easter Monday.


Invercargill led the country yesterday with 4.8mm and is forecast to have a few showers today, and again on Easter Sunday.