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'Meteorological drought': Niwa

The northern part of the region is officially in meteorological drought and the rest of the district is not far behind.

The MetService outlook offers no rain until next weekend, and even then the forecast does not hold out hope for any meaningful amount.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) says the East Cape area is now in drought, and Niwa's Hotspot report indicates the rest of the region is hot on its heels.

The MetService's Daily Climate charts show most of the district is extremely dry, with only Wairoa and a small area south still not in serious soil moisture deficit.

While cooler and cloudier conditions have arrived, the long-term or extended outlook offers no opportunity for squeezing a drop from those clouds until next Sunday.

MetService's computer outlook is for some moisture over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but calculates only a few millimetres

Gisborne's soil moisture deficit has now passed the 143-millimetre mark.

While moisture loss has slowed over the past day or so, the average loss reached just over 5mm a day at the end of last week.

The region's soil moisture has been in deficit since October, having recovered only briefly after what was a long dry winter and an annual rainfall total of just under 800mm.

Meanwhile, the daily climate charts show temperatures for the region have been running a whole 2 degrees above normal for the time of year.

This week the mercury is expected to be back in the mid to upper 20s, with 29 degrees forecast for Friday and Saturday.

As well, sunshine has been pouring down at 125 percent of normal, and so far this year there have been just six days of rain over 1mm.

The rain total for the year to date is 28.8mm while at the same time last year Gisborne had had around 70mm.

Ex-tropical cyclone Uesi may be delivering rain to the deep south but nothing is forecast to come north from this.

Speculation another tropical cyclone would form to the east of Fiji has not been realised.

The three-month climate outlook for the Gisborne district remains unchanged. To the end of April it is likely to stay warmer and drier than usual.