Cloud, rain forecast

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 10:06 29/07/2014

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Taranaki's stretch of sunny winter weather is about to come to an end with the MetService forecasting cloud and rain for the next 10-days.

While there may have been some colder mornings the sun has been shining in New Plymouth for almost two weeks straight.

The Taranaki Regional Council's monitoring site at Brooklands Zoo has only received 5mm of rain in the past 15 days and nothing has been recorded in the last week.

While the stretch hasn't been quite as good in the Stratford, there has only been 3.5mm of rain since the last major downpour on July 20.

It was a similar scenario at Hawera's Tawhiti site where only 2.5mm had been recorded since last Sunday when it received 15mm.

However, the sun symbol is absent from the MetService's 10-day forecast for New Plymouth, with drizzle, showers or rain predicted until at least next Thursday.

The 10-day rural forecast for Stratford and Hawera is similar and predicts showers with some heavy falls during the next week and a half.

Though rain is forecast there are no weather warnings in place for the region yet.

On the upside the nightly temperatures are expected to be a little warmer in the coming 10-days compared to the last two weeks.

Overnight temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday last week were the coldest of the month, with the mercury dipping below zero both nights.

That won't be happening this week though, with the coldest nights expected on Sunday and Monday when a southerly change was expected.

Apart from that, the MetService predicts north to northwest winds and day time temperatures between 13 and 16 degrees until next Thursday.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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