Persistent drizzly rain is forecast to dampen the
festive spirit in the North Island but in the South the sun
should return tomorrow and keep shining until Christmas Day.
In perhaps a sign of things to come Christmas shoppers in
Mosgiel sweltered in the heat yesterday with a sign on Gordon
Rd putting the temperature at 30degC just after 2.30pm.
The highest temperature recorded in Dunedin City yesterday
was 20degC, with a high of 26degC recorded at Dunedin
MetService forecaster Brooke Lockhart said apart from a
period of rain about noon today, it was expected to be
‘‘smooth sailing'' all the way to Christmas, with no further
rain forecast until December 27.
Elsewhere the forecast is not so positive, with rain settling
in over most of the North Island at the weekend as Cyclone
Evan brushes the country.