Hokitika endures wettest October


It is official: Hokitika has just endured its wettest October on record.
A total of 507mm of rain fell last month, the worst since those records began in 1963.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said that was 184% above normal.
Niwa said frequent south-west winds contributed to the wet month over the entire West Coast.
Of note was October 13, when heavy rain caused surface flooding in Hokitika.
Arthur’s Pass experienced its fourth coldest October, with a mean air temperature of 5.8degC, which was 1.2degC colder than normal.
The alpine township also experienced one of its coldest days ever, with the mercury failing to move above 1.2degC on October 8. On that day, motorists were stranded in the township after snow closed both Arthur’s Pass and Porters Pass.