Rain watch: Tuesday 26 March

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 10:03 26/03/2013

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Hokitika was the wettest centre in the country yesterday picking up 12.2 millimetres of rain, but there was little to cheer about in the drought-affected areas of West Coast further north.

MetService data shows Westport remaining dry yesterday, although a few millimetres are being forecast for tonight and into tomorrow morning, with more to come from Friday.

The little rain there was around the North Island yesterday made little dent in the island-wide drought. Whangaparaoa was the second-wettest centre in the country with 5mm, while Tauranga and Whitianga had 2.2mm each. Wanaka in the deep south was the third-wettest centre with 4.4mm.

Northland

Kerikeri had 1mm of rain yesterday, Whangarei had 0.6mm. The four days of rain or showers MetService had been forecasting to start from Easter Sunday, have now been shunted to an Easter Monday start date.

Auckland

As with Northland, the first of the four wet days on the horizon have slipped a day to Easter Monday.

Bay of Plenty

After its 2.2mm splash yesterday, Tauranga looks set to have a run of warm, sunny days, with some rain still due to start from Easter Monday. For Rotorua, the timetable has slipped, with the first of three forecast days of rain not expected to start until next Tuesday.

Waikato

Whitianga picked up 2.2mm yesterday, its 10th day in a row with some rain, but that is little use to the rest of the region with Hamilton having had no rain for five days and in line for another fine week before rain starts next Tuesday, a day later than yesterday's forecast.

Gisborne

Sun forecast for every day of the next 10, except for next Tuesday when rain is predicted.

Hawke's Bay

For Napier the only rain predicted for the next 10 days is some showers next Tuesday. Hastings may be slightly better off with showers shown for each of the three days from next Tuesday.

Taranaki

New Plymouth remains on track for several days of rain or showers from Easter Sunday.

Manawatu/Whanganui

The first rain on the horizon for Palmerston North slips a day to start from next Tuesday. Whanganui is also forecast to get showers from next Tuesday.

Wellington

A few sprinkles possible late this morning and this afternoon, with the only other rain forecast being showers next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nelson/Marlborough

Nelson is one of the few centres with a better chance of rain than was forecast yesterday. MetService now expects showers to start falling on Easter Sunday, a day earlier than expected. On the other hand, the next forecast rain for Blenheim has slipped a day to April 4, right at the end of MetService's forecast period.

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West Coast

Gentle rain is forecast for tonight, and most of the 10-day forecast period shows showers or rain.

Canterbury

Next Tuesday remains the first day of showers in the forecast for Christchurch, with the showers supposed to start in Ashburton from Easter Monday. Timaru received 0.8mm early this morning, but looking ahead showers are only being predicted for April 3.

Otago

The 0.6mm which fell in Dunedin yesterday, is expected to be followed by showers on Good Friday, then showers or rain on four of the five days from Easter Sunday. Queenstown is in line for six days of showers or rain from Saturday.

Southland

Invercargill received 1mm yesterday, on top of the 4.8mm on Sunday, but is not expected to get any more rain until April 3. Gore received 1.4mm yesterday and is forecast to get showers or rain for the five days from Easter Sunday.

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