Rain brings relief

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Weather

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Rain brings relief
PHOTO: CI NEWS. 21021804

A wet Thursday provided much needed rain to replenish Rarotonga’s water supplies, but it’s too early to declare the summer’s water shortage to be over.

The Cook Islands Meteorological Service reported 38 millimetres of rainfall fell in Nikao in the early hours of the morning, with 30mm recorded in Titikaveka. The Southern Group island of Mauke received 38mm.

Met Service director Arona Ngari said Rarotonga could receive an additional 50 mm in the following days due to intermittent rain as a trough passes the Southern Cooks.

“The forecast is for few occasional showers, heavy at times with breaks in between,” Ngari said.

Water authority To Tatou Vai reported all intakes apart from Ngatoe were back up to good pressure.

An announcement is expected early next week regarding the drought situation that has hit Rarotonga this year.

Ngari said the current La Nina weather event, which has been blamed for the uncharacteristically hot weather throughout the country and dry conditions in the north, is phasing out slowly and should conclude by April.

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