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Tuesday 23 August 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in National, Weather
Wet weather has been forecast with thunderstorms. Photo: SUPPLIED/Richard Moore
From 8am Thursday to 8am Monday, the Cook Islands Meteorological Services Nikao station recorded 211.8mm of rain. From Sunday to Monday there was 38.2mm of rain.
week’s rainfall has brought a huge relief to Rarotonga’s water authority
following below 50 per cent water level readings at some intakes on the island.
Walter Tuarae-White from To Tatou Vai said
the heavy rain over the weekend was a welcome relief and would help “recharge”
the islands groundwater.
“Some areas have seen an increase in water pressure that have been
lacking in the past few weeks,” Tuarae-White said.
“We still encourage our community to be mindful of their water usage and
to especially repair leaks, faulty taps and the like.
“There is still ongoing high water consumption on the island and we all
need to use water responsibly.”
Cook Islands Met Services director Arona Ngari said thunderstorms were
still forecast for Rarotonga.
Ngari said the likelihood of thunderstorms increased for Wednesday
and Thursday due to a frontal system moving to the east of the Southern Cook
Villas manager Tim Meyer took out his paddle board in flooded Teimurimotia Park
in Titikaveka yesterday.
Meyer said the field was around 30 to 40
centimetres deep and thought it would remain like that until tomorrow.
Taking out the paddleboards put a smile on
some of Motu Villas holiday guests.
“The guests came down, had a look and had
a good laugh with us. We turned this negative into a positive, so that’s what
this whole thing was about.
“You’re always trying to give an
experience for the guests, if you can take a negative like this, weeks of bad
weather, and turn it into something fun then it’s always a good thing.”