A first class cricket game was the major casualty as rain fell in Hawke's Bay during the weekend.

The one-day match between first-class sides Central District and Northern Districts yesterday was to have been played at McLean Park, Napier.

Following heavy overnight rain, and generally wetter weather since Thursday, the game was cancelled about the time of the scheduled start at 11am.

Two outdoor concerts in Havelock North and Hastings were also cancelled, while an outdoor showing of New Zealand movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which was to have been at Bay Skate on Napier's Marine Parade was transferred indoors to Pettigrew Green Arena about 8km away in Taradale.


According to MetService , the Hawke's Bay Airport weather station north of Napier had recorded close to 50mm of rain in four days.

The total to midnight Saturday was 46mm, about 37mm had been recorded in Hastings, more than 30mm of rain had been recorded in the Dannevirke area since Tuesday, and there was understood to have been over 80mm of rain this month in Wairoa.

Rain was last night being forecast for Napier through to and including the start of the Art Deco Festival on Wednesday, but with fine weather forecast for Friday and Saturday.

A year ago, Hawke's Bay was coming to the end of a period of hot weather, with a peak of 33.5C in Hastings on February 13, but there was a damp start to Art Deco festivities, with two marquee-based events moved indoors and the cancellation of a Friday-night air show.

Emergency services yesterday reported almost no problems with the latest rain, although there was a single-vehicle crash between Clive and Napier during light rain in the area yesterday. A car left State Highway 2 on a bend south of the Waitangi Reserve and no injuries were reported.

Rain is being forecast throughout Hawke's Bay for much of this week, including today in Napier and Hastings, where temperatures were still forecast to reach up to 30C.