Rain spoils bat­tle over sun

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Data from Plant and Food Re­search sci­en­tist Rob Agnew, in Blen­heim, showed the town recorded a four-year low for sun­shine hours dur­ing No­vem­ber.

To­tals for the year so far had Rich­mond in the lead with 2317.9 hours, fol­lowed by Blen­heim with 2289.6 hours. Whakatane was third with 2273.3 hours.

It was es­pe­cially dis­ap­point­ing for Blen­heim after a sunny Oc­to­ber, where it re­duced Rich­mond’s lead to 2.2 hours.

‘‘With Rich­mond hav­ing recorded 25.5 hours more sun­shine than Blen­heim in No­vem­ber, the gap has widened markedly,’’ Agnew said.

‘‘It is go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult for Blen­heim to over­take Rich­mond’s to­tal in De­cem­ber.

‘‘But safe to say Blen­heim will be well ahead of In­ver­cargill for the year.’’

Leggett said the No­vem­ber rain, the most since July, helped gar­den­ers but was a con­cern for grape grow­ers.

‘‘This sum­mer has been wet in many parts of the coun­try and Marl­bor­ough has been no ex­cep­tion.

‘‘Our gar­den­ers and farm­ers are pretty happy, but we need the sun to kick in soon to ripen those grapes and get Blen­heim back in its right­ful place as the sun­shine cap­i­tal of New Zealand.’’

In its out­look for the month, Met­ser­vice said high pres­sure and cooler souther­lies would pre­vail next week.

Most re­gions were ex­pected to have rel­a­tively dry con­di­tions, ex­cept east­ern re­gions of the North Is­land and pos­si­bly also the Marl­bor­ough coast.

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