Dry weather set to continue for fortnight

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The dry weather which has hit North Otago this summer is set to continue over the next fortnight.

The light drizzle which has visited the province in the past couple of days, which has caused a wee bit of respite for farmers, will be short-lived.

MetService communications meteorologist John Law said there was very little rain on the horizon.

“Unfortunately for North Otago which is very dry at the moment there isn’t a lot of rain forecast, there might be a sprinkle or two on Sunday evening and a shower or two on Monday but other than that very little is around with the warm dry weather set to continue.”

Mr Law said the pattern looks similar for the next couple of weeks.

“I can’t see it changing so things could get even drier, there’s just not that big amount of rain around which the area needs.”

“It often all gets caught by the hills and doesn’t make it over, but even down that way more there hasn’t been a lot of rain,” he said.

Between 10-20mm of rain has fallen in the area over the past couple of days and plenty more is needed to ease drought concerns.

Waitaki District Council Emergencey Management manager Jane Lodge said other than the potential for some wind on Sunday.

“All I’ve been told is that there’s the chance of some winds on Sunday.”

North Otago Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Lyndon Strang said the rain over the last couple of days has helped.

“People may not think it, but the drizzle which has fallen over the last couple of days has eased the pressures a bit.”

By Brayden Lindsay