While there is natural variation in precipitation due to seasons and cycles, New Zealand appears to be getting drier,
Stats NZ said today.
Average annual rainfall for the five years 2016–2020 was 3.1 percent below the previous five-year average and 10.7
percent below the five-year average for 1996–2000.
Between 2016 and 2020, New Zealand’s average precipitation, which includes rain, sleet, snow, and hail, was 504,988
million cubic metres. This was down from the average of 520,890 million cubic metres in the previous five years and down
from an average of 565,691 million cubic metres in 1996–2000.
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