Now we're making up for that dry July

Last updated 05:00 12/08/2014

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It was a dry July for Taranaki.

Although many people are airing out their umbrellas now, July's rainfall was only between 37 to 68 per cent of normal.

Fiona Jansma, Taranaki Regional Council's scientific officer of hydrology said the Cape Egmont collection centre recorded 55 millimetres, about a third of its usual July rainfall.

However, the mountain sites recorded from 321mm to 380mm of rain, which was between 54 to 63 per cent of normal.

"Year to date rainfall is now ranging between 80 per cent and 103 per cent of normal, with the mountain sites at or near normal," Jansma said.

Due to the lower than normal rainfall, river flows were also below normal for the month, she said.

Of significance was the Waitara River at Bertrand Rd which had a mean July flow of 54,353 L/s, which was 25,572 L/s lower than the July average.

Mean air temperatures were between 7.8 degrees celsius and 10.5C for the towns in the region.

The Whareroa site recorded the lowest air temperature for the month with -2.8 Crecorded on July 19.

Ahead, MetService has forecast rain for Taranaki until Sunday, with sunshine on Sunday and Monday, before showers return.

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