Shauni James is a Rotorua Daily Post reporter

Tomorrow morning best time to get outside

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Tomorrow morning will be the best time to get outside and make the most of the sunshine before the school holidays round up.

The break in bad weather will be a welcomed change for locals who have been kept inside with rain every day this month.

According to MetService, from Saturday October 1 to today, Rotorua has had nearly 40mm of rainfall recorded at the airport.

MetService communications meteorologist Lisa Murray said as it was early days in October it was hard to tell if there would more rain than normal, but usually this month saw about 105mm of rain.

She said the two days with the most rainfall have been October 2 and 6 with 12.4mm and 14mm falling respectively.

"Everyday so far this month there has been rain recorded in Rotorua."

She said in Rotorua today there would be occasional showers, with some being heavy, before clearing tonight.

Tomorrow was looking fine at first, though a few showers could arrive in the evening.

On Sunday there would be a bit of rain, with several showers in the morning easing to a few later in evening, she said.

"So the best time to get outside is Saturday morning to make the most of the weather."

Ms Murray said the weather right now was typical of spring.

In the last week it had been an unusual spring pattern, which had given a lot of places in the North Island more rain than usual, she said.

Ms Murray said rainfall in Rotorua for the month of September was "just a bit above average".

For September in Rotorua rainfall was usually about 110mm and there was 119mm recorded this year, with most of the rainfall occurring in the second half of the month, she said.

She said, in terms of temperature, this week been slightly warmer than average, and looking to next week it would go back to normal for Rotorua, and it would be very normal, mild temperatures for the rest of the month.

Ms Murray said the rain would follow the same pattern right through to end of next week and then ease off a bit.

She said October could "yo-yo a bit, but that's the changing Spring weather".

- Rotorua Daily Post

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