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Welcome Rain For Farmers

Issued at 12:38pm 15-Dec-2008
Welcome Rain For Farmers

MetService meteorologists are forecasting some welcome rain for farmers in Canterbury and Otago over the next few days as a large low pressure system crosses the South Island.

"Places around Christchurch and North Canterbury have so far had less than ten millimetres of rain this month", commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "Some relief may be in sight as a cool southwesterly change is likely to reach Canterbury late on Tuesday with some rain."

Humid northerly winds are also affecting the North Island, and a brief period of heavy rain on Tuesday is likely in northern and western districts and about the eastern ranges of the Bay of Plenty. The south Wairarapa region and the coastal areas of Gisborne have had less than ten millimetres of rain so far this month, and may receive a few more millimetres on Tuesday.

Another low pressure system is expected to be crossing the South Island this weekend. This should bring more welcome rain to the South Island farmers. "People planning on travelling should check the latest weather forecasts before setting off", said Mr. McDavitt.


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