A sunny Otago Christmas Day is predicted. The MetService is
forecasting a fine day for the region, with temperatures
ranging from 23degC in Dunedin and 27degC at the airport, to
28degC in Queenstown and 30degC in Wanaka.
However, rain is expected in the evening throughout the
region. It was predicted to clear everywhere but coastal
Otago which would probably wake up on Boxing Day to drizzle
before it clears, forecasters say.
Niwa climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said historically
Christmas Day had a mixed reputation.
''Looking at the last decade, Christmas Day weather has been
settled and dry for Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and
Christchurch in about two out of three years, on average. For
Dunedin and Wellington, the odds of a dry Christmas Day have
typically been closer to 50:50.''
New Zealand had enjoyed beautiful Christmas Day weather for
the past three years with Dunedin having an extremely warm
one in 2009, hitting 32degC in a nor'wester. Christmas Day
2010 was also dry in most places, due to an anticyclone over
the Tasman Sea, but it was somewhat cooler, due to
Christmas Day was not always so settled, she said.
Christmas Day in 1975 ''was a shocker'' due to a very large
storm off the east coast of the South Island which delivered
cold southerlies and rain to many parts of the country with
temperatures struggling to reach 10degC in Dunedin, she said.
Sunniest: 1988 12.4 hours
Wettest: 1969 33mm
Warmest: 2009 32degC