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It's Been Wet Wet Wet

Issued at 02:41pm 17-Jul-2006

It's Been Wet Wet Wet

Southern parts of the North Island have been very wet so far this month, with several places already having their wettest July on record.

"The southeastern end of the North Island has been taking the brunt of the recent rain", commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "The whole region from Wairarapa to Wanganui and around Wellington is now suffering from soggy soil syndrome, whereby even a small amount of rain produces ponding and slippage."

Two MetService rain stations have already seen their wettest-ever July. Up until noon on Monday 17 July, Ngawi, near the southeast tip of the North Island, had recorded 291mm for the month, well exceeding its previous wettest July of 205mm in 1994. In the same period, East Taratahi, near Masterton, recorded 199mm, beating its previous wettest July of 176mm in 1996.

McDavitt explained that the reason for all this wetness is that over the past few weeks, low-pressure systems have been crossing the North Island.

"Later this week we are forecasting a repeat of this pattern, and our severe weather outlook maps are already indicating the possibility of more rain for the eastern North Island on Thursday and Friday."

ENDS

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