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Wild weather, but more to come?


Heavy rain could spell more unwelcome records as end of our wettest winter approaches.

Rain, rain, go away… PLEASE.

Spring is fast approaching but there has been record levels of rainfall for winter and the threat of more heavy rain could mean more parts of the country could see record levels reaching even higher.

Wellington and Christchurch have already experienced their wettest winter on record.

For Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Dunedin, 2022 has been among their 10 wettest ever winters, and MetService says some may see that get worse, to end up in the top five.

MetService meteorologist Alwyn Bakker​ said that in almost 100 years of recording Wellington’s rain, this winter had been 80% wetter than usual (source).

Poor ol’ Nelson got an absolute battering with nearly five times its average amount of rain in August alone, or 383mm, causing slips and other damage that may take years to fix.

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