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WEATHER OVERVIEW As forecast this week kicks off with an area of low pressure and a southerly. This will bring rain back in to some areas for the first time this year but totals may not be very grand. Some should get a nice localised soaking but the hit and miss nature of the rain bands, plus our localised mountains and ranges, means it’s quite hard to be specific about who will get the most but there should be a few good downpours over the North Island on Monday/early Tuesday. A big high then rolls in followed by cold front on Friday sweeping up the South Island with showers. This weekend another big high which may dominate next week too.

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Pasture Growth Index Above normal Near normal Below normal




Some rain around today thanks to an area of low pressure transiting NZ, then a few showers fading for the North Island’s east on Tuesday. Late Thursday/Friday some rain/showers for the South Island. Mainly dry this weekend/next week.

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High pressure continues to stream across New Zealand coming in from the west. Between each centre of the high we’ll get a weakening in air pressure which may allow west to south west changes in for a time, otherwise calm. For further information on the NZX PGI visit www.agrihq.co.nz/pgi

Highlights/ Extremes

Temperature Warm across New Zealand with light winds but some south to south west changes will bring a slightly cooler breeze to some southern and western facing regions at times. Otherwise warm to hot weather for the next week.

Drier than normal for this time of the year rainfall-wise in many regions with no significant nationwide rain in sight, other than what we have for today, Monday.


NZ’s generally in a healthy set up pasturegrowth wise at the moment with so much rain in late 2018 most regions have good soil moisture levels, some are even still much wetter than usual. The driest portion of NZ may be large in size but is mostly bush-covered land in the north west corner of the South Island. Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu are the driest dairy regions right now soil-moisture-wise, with drier than average weather continuing for them over the next week.


24 The answer is in the soil Regenerative agriculture flies in the face of conventional farming wisdom with soil management the key to profiting from nature, Canterbury cropping farmer Simon Osborne says.

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