Rain magic, says Federated Farmers

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The 12mm of rain which fell yesterday has been described as magic by Federated Farmers North Otago dairy chairman Lyndon Strang.

“The rain which has fallen of late has been very sporadic, but what fell this morning has been absolutely fantastic for farmers in the area.”

Mr Strang said the rain came at about the right time.

“It’s come at a good time, people were needing water again and now that it’s fallen it means good things for the winter crops, with it hopefully going a long way to helping them.”

Drought remains a possibility despite 12mm of rain throughout the district over a two-hour period yesterday morning.

MetService communications Meteorologist John Law said the rain had been expected.

“Following a fine weekend, the weather gods turned and produced some much-needed rain, with a little bit of overnight rain followed by a strong downpour about 9am this morning, proving great for the wider North Otago area,” he said.

The rain was the result of a southerly change which saw temperatures plummet to about 11degC around midday.

About 6am, temperatures were up to about 22degC, but just over an hour later they had plummeted.

Mr Law said the southerly change caught some people out.

“It produced some colder temperatures which we weren’t expecting, but at the end of the day it provided the much-needed rain that most of that area required.”

However, while it rained yesterday, Mr Law said that was about all North Otago could expect.

“Other than the possibility of a sprinkle or two on Friday afternoon, the warm dry weather which has been basking the region is set to continue.”

A permanent fire ban is still in place for the area and it is expected to remain for as long as possible.

By Brayden Lindsay