Parts of Northland have had their first significant rainfall in months.
About 12 millimetres fell in Whangarei and the hills north-east of the city on Tuesday afternoon, following a day of soaring temperatures and high humidity.
However, western parts of the region and the Far North - which are worst affected by weeks of drought - missed out.
Northland Regional Council hydrologist Dale Hansen says the forecast for the 10 days leading up to Christmas is for periods of rain and showers.
Mr Hansen says this is in line with NIWA's predictions for a La Nina summer, but there is no guarantee the rain will fall where it is most needed.