Rain on the way

Croppers keep weather eye on forecast for more rain.

Croppers keep weather eye on forecast for more rain.

File picture by Liam Clayton

THE prospect of more unsettled wet weather looms just around the corner, with a MetService 10-day forecast that shows eight days of rain or showers from Saturday.

But a forecaster says the prediction should be treated with caution.

Cloud and drizzle in the forecast today will be followed by high cloud and northerlies on Friday, then the rain comes in on Saturday from the north-east.

The MetService forecaster said they were not sure how much would fall in the Gisborne district over the weekend and into next week.

“The 10-day forecast is highly automated from the weekend. Most of our models have the incoming low presssure system affecting the western side of the North Island Saturday and Sunday much more than the eastern side.

“It is unclear how much rain will actually cross over to the East Coast, given it is a northerly flow.”

Temperatures will remain in the early to mid-20s for the next week.

Croppers have been watching the forecast fairly closely. LeaderBrand farm production manager Gordon McPhail said they did not want further rain.

“It will be a disadvantage. It will hamper our operations and affect crop quality.”

Richard Hyland from Corson Grain said the rain period would push the maize harvest back a bit but it would not be a major problem.

“We have just got started with a bit of harvesting round Wairoa and are pretty keen to get into the season.

“On the plus side, the days of warm weather we have had have helped dry out the maize crop more.

“The good sunshine and warmth in the past week has made a difference.”

Cedenco Foods managing director Tim Chrisp said they were concerned about the prospect of a week of wet weather.

“Yields for both our sweetcorn and tomatoes are down a bit because of the dry period we had over summer, but apart from that things have been going well.

“Everyone is working 24-7 to get the crops in.”

THE prospect of more unsettled wet weather looms just around the corner, with a MetService 10-day forecast that shows eight days of rain or showers from Saturday.

But a forecaster says the prediction should be treated with caution.

Cloud and drizzle in the forecast today will be followed by high cloud and northerlies on Friday, then the rain comes in on Saturday from the north-east.

The MetService forecaster said they were not sure how much would fall in the Gisborne district over the weekend and into next week.

“The 10-day forecast is highly automated from the weekend. Most of our models have the incoming low presssure system affecting the western side of the North Island Saturday and Sunday much more than the eastern side.

“It is unclear how much rain will actually cross over to the East Coast, given it is a northerly flow.”

Temperatures will remain in the early to mid-20s for the next week.

Croppers have been watching the forecast fairly closely. LeaderBrand farm production manager Gordon McPhail said they did not want further rain.

“It will be a disadvantage. It will hamper our operations and affect crop quality.”

Richard Hyland from Corson Grain said the rain period would push the maize harvest back a bit but it would not be a major problem.

“We have just got started with a bit of harvesting round Wairoa and are pretty keen to get into the season.

“On the plus side, the days of warm weather we have had have helped dry out the maize crop more.

“The good sunshine and warmth in the past week has made a difference.”

Cedenco Foods managing director Tim Chrisp said they were concerned about the prospect of a week of wet weather.

“Yields for both our sweetcorn and tomatoes are down a bit because of the dry period we had over summer, but apart from that things have been going well.

“Everyone is working 24-7 to get the crops in.”

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