“A warm but wet summer” is hoped to top up Auckland’s water supplies, which are still sitting nearly 20% below normal, despite months of downpours. Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll said isolated drought pockets remained most visible from the North Shore, southward to the Hunua Ranges. “I think in many ways we have alleviated [the drought], but there are still lingering reminders of what once was, earlier this year.” Watercare has credited efforts by Aucklanders to slash their water use this year.