Rain brings welcome relief

THE weekend’s rain brought welcome relief for the district’s crop and vegetable growers, with the rainfall gentle enough to soak in and help young plants struggling with parched surface soils.

The soil moisture deficit reached 120mm on Saturday, but up to this morning the Gisborne Flats and coastal areas received helpful rainfalls varying from around 25mm to over 100mm, with a few millimetres’ more moisture expected today and tomorrow.

The rain-laden low sliding down from the subtropics brought onshore south-easterly weather from East Cape to Gisborne, but a lesser amount for the Wairoa district - and no damaging winds this time.

Rainfall totals up to this morning varied hugely, with Te Puia receiving over 108mm up to 6am, while the Gisborne Flats and surrounding hill country had amounts ranging from 25mm to 50-plus millimetres.

The city’s water supply reservoirs received a topping-up with rain in the Wharerata area ranging from 30 to 47-plus millimetres.

Inland areas received only a dampening, with drizzly, misty weather amounting to between 20-30mm.

The region still shows as a hotspot on the Niwa drought watch, and soil moisture levels are still drier than last year and the historical average.

More rain of the type experienced over the weekend will be needed to keep farmers and growers happy, and they will also be looking for a rise in night-time temperatures to help growth.

Grass minimum and overnight air temperatures have been well down for the past several weeks, at least half a degree to a degree down on normal.

The MetService outlook for the next 10 days offers fine weather on Thursday and Friday, but is then followed by cloudy, cooler conditions as the highs track further south than is usual for the time of year.

THE weekend’s rain brought welcome relief for the district’s crop and vegetable growers, with the rainfall gentle enough to soak in and help young plants struggling with parched surface soils.

The soil moisture deficit reached 120mm on Saturday, but up to this morning the Gisborne Flats and coastal areas received helpful rainfalls varying from around 25mm to over 100mm, with a few millimetres’ more moisture expected today and tomorrow.

The rain-laden low sliding down from the subtropics brought onshore south-easterly weather from East Cape to Gisborne, but a lesser amount for the Wairoa district - and no damaging winds this time.

Rainfall totals up to this morning varied hugely, with Te Puia receiving over 108mm up to 6am, while the Gisborne Flats and surrounding hill country had amounts ranging from 25mm to 50-plus millimetres.

The city’s water supply reservoirs received a topping-up with rain in the Wharerata area ranging from 30 to 47-plus millimetres.

Inland areas received only a dampening, with drizzly, misty weather amounting to between 20-30mm.

The region still shows as a hotspot on the Niwa drought watch, and soil moisture levels are still drier than last year and the historical average.

More rain of the type experienced over the weekend will be needed to keep farmers and growers happy, and they will also be looking for a rise in night-time temperatures to help growth.

Grass minimum and overnight air temperatures have been well down for the past several weeks, at least half a degree to a degree down on normal.

The MetService outlook for the next 10 days offers fine weather on Thursday and Friday, but is then followed by cloudy, cooler conditions as the highs track further south than is usual for the time of year.

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