The northern group islands are heading into a dry spell, warns the Met Office.
This comes after a rainfall outlook from the Cook Islands Meteorological Service showed a dry weather alert for most parts of the northern islands.
The Met Service forecast for the next three months (September to November) sees a high chance of dry weather conditions for Penrhyn, Rakahanga and Manihiki.
Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari explained if one of the islands was receiving 200 millimetres of rain per month, then during this dry period they would receive 25-50 per cent of rain. “The islands will expect below normal rainfall,” Ngari added.
About a year ago, the weather office reported Penrhyn was under drought. Ngari then said Penrhyn was in the neutral or La Nina phase of the global climate cycle, which means the chance of getting a decent rainfall on the island was “pretty slim”.
Fortunately, in the last few months’ rainfall returned, but the Meteorological Service is now saying Penrhyn could experience more dry conditions in the coming months.