Northland drenched but still not enough for Waikato

Monday 25 February 2008, 2:42PM
By Metservice

Rain drenched Northland over the weekend but wasn't enough to have much impact on the drought in Waikato to Wairarapa.

"The hills between Kaeo and Kaihohe bore the brunt of rain on Friday and Saturday, with between 201 and 237 mm measured in regional council rain gauges", commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.

The frontal system responsible for this rain weakened as it moved onto Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. Whitianga recorded 51 mm on Saturday and Tauranga recorded 38 mm on Sunday. Little if any rain reached the places where it was needed most. Hamilton measured only 4.4 mm over the weekend.

MetService meteorologists are forecasting dry weather for the North Island for the next few days.

"During February the main rain events have been occurring on Friday or over the weekend", said Mr. McDavitt. "This pattern may repeat this weekend as another low pressure system may then be emerging from the subtropics. "