Water restrictions are likely for more parts of the Far North if there is not significant rainfall soon, and the forecast is not good, RNZ reports. People in Kaitaia are not allowed to use hoses, sprinklers or irrigation devices, with restrictions also in force in Kawakawa-Moerewa and Paihia. It comes after NIWA declared that 2020 was the seventh warmest year on record with multiple regions receiving less rain than in any previous year. NIWA found six of the past eight years have been among New Zealand’s warmest on record.