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After Uesi comes humidity and chance of rain for drought zones next week - Weather Watch

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Fuseworks Media

Ex-cyclone Uesi may be missing the North Island - but the leftovers may produce some welcome downpours next week in NZ's drought regions.

Showers, by definition, are off and on and hit and miss - so not everyone will be lucky enough to get some rain. But in New Zealand some of our droughts get fixed this way, by repetitive afternoon downpours rather than a low bringing rain.

Uesi the storm will miss the North Island entirely, other than high cloud on Friday and maybe Saturday, but the leftovers and the shift to more humid nor'easters after Uesi has tracked south means next week has the best opportunities for downpours basically so far this year in some of the North Island's drought zones.

Downpours will be inland for the most part, but may drift to some coastal areas later. They will mostly form through Waikato and Northland and towards Gisborne and Hawke's Bay with next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday perhaps the best opportunities.

This will not reverse the technical drought, but will give some localised relief here and there. As depressing as it is to write, the majority will still be drier than normal - but we do have some chances of downpours.

It's possible these isolated afternoon downpours will also produce a few inland thunderstorms.

The map below shows the highest risk area - it doesn't lock in rain for everyone in the shading but that's where downpours are most likely to A) form and B) drift around in.


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