A dry summer “exacerbated” by a parched March has set records across the South. Niwas Ben Noll says a long spell of dry weather has set records in the South with Invercargill at 42% of its normal rainfall during summer – the driest since records began 122 years ago. More than 20 places in the South had a record, or near record, for the driest March including Stewart Island, Balclutha, Gore, Tapanui and Queenstown. Temperatures had been warmer than usual in the South. Farmers short on feed could get connected to those with a surplus through the Federated Farmers’ feed co-ordination service and the Rural Support Trust is also available on 0800-787-254.