New Zealand weather: North Island set to get drought-ending rain blast next week

The North Island's dry rural regions could get their drought broken by a rain blast next week, as another front sweeps into the country.

Weather Watch says this may be the "best shot" so far this year at rain hitting the parched north.

"Next week more of ex-Cyclone Trevor drifts into the Tasman Sea and catches a ride with another cold front in to the New Zealand area," Weather Watch says.

"While still not entirely locked in the chances for rain... around the North Island may be the best they've been so far this year."

If the rain does hit, it will be dumped around Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2. The window is fairly short as high pressure quickly moves in by Wednesday, April 3 nationwide.

"This is probably one of the better chances I've seen in a while, maybe even this year of getting rain into the northern parts of New Zealand," head forecaster Philip Duncan says.

"We've pretty much got one shot at it."

A rain map shows dry regions like Waikato, Auckland, Manawatu and Whanganui all receiving rain.

"Totals don't look extreme but we do see dry areas like Waikato potentially getting a soaking," Weather Watch says.

"It's a bit hit and miss and some areas may get relief while others may only get a frustrating brief helping hand."


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