New figures have shown how September soaked much of New Zealand with as much as one and a half times the month’s normal amount of rainfall.

But despite what seemed to many as a constant downpour, few places saw record rainfall, which Niwa scientists put down to a steady month of rain rather than freak events.

Official statistics released today show rainfall was “well above normal” – as much as 149 per cent of the September normal – or “above normal”, which is 120-149 per cent of normal, for large swathes of the North Island.

That included much of Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Manawatu-Whanganui, parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, much of the northern half of the South Island, along with eastern Otago and western Southland.

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