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Old 13th February 2020, 10:02 PM   #442
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Auckland set to break record for longest-ever spell without rain

On Saturday the city will mark 40 days with no rain, as total fire ban declared across North Island

New Zealand’s largest city is on the cusp of its longest-ever dry spell, as a total fire ban is declared for the entire North Island, home to millions of people.

According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), on Saturday, Auckland will mark 40 days of no rain – breaking the previous record from 2013, when no rain fell for 39 days.

A dry day is classified as one in which less than 1mm of rain falls, with records for the Auckland region dating back to 1943.

The conditions have brought water restrictions and drought to many parts of the North Island with animals such as the iconic Kiwi also feeling the strain.

According to Niwa regions in Far Northland are now in “severe drought”, with water tankers having to be brought in to replenish supplies.
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