Met Office reckons rain will clear up

Saturday April 15, 2017 Written by Published in Weather
Driving around the seawall was somewhat hazardous yesterday as spectacular swells hurled spray high into the air and across the road. 17041360 Driving around the seawall was somewhat hazardous yesterday as spectacular swells hurled spray high into the air and across the road. 17041360

Heavy rain in Rarotonga this week was caused by a weather system which has been “bothering” the country since last week, says Cook Islands Meteorological Services director Arona Ngari.

Rarotonga weathered a heavy downpour this week, posing a threat to the possibility of a sunny Easter break this weekend.

But Ngari said the weather would start to clear up by today.

He confirmed the spells of torrential rain, followed by rough seas and strong winds were not associated with Tropical Cyclone Cook which on Thursday was moving away from New Zealand.

“There is a system southwest of us which has been bothering us since last week. It started off in Niue and came down and right now it’s closer to us, probably 400 miles south-west of Rarotonga and moving in an easterly direction, indicating that we’re going to get north to north-westerly winds and some associated rain with that,” Ngari told CI News on Thursday.

“We have issued a strong wind warning but there’s nothing to be concerned about because this system could waiver or move backward in the next two to three days (by today).”

The weather system believed to be Tropical Depression TD19F, brought much-needed rain to improve water levels in water catchments around the island, following a dry spell.

Ngari said the downpour in the early hours of Wednesday was one of the heaviest of the week

“We had 32 millimetres of rain in 10 minutes at around 5am on Wednesday morning and for that hour, we recorded about 100mm of rain.

“This is probably the highest recorded in over the 24-hour period

Ngari is asking the public to follow weather reports while planning their activities this weekend.

“If in doubt, listen to the radio or call us on 20603 or 25920 and check us on facebook/cookislandsmeteorologicalservice for more information.”

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