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
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.