The remnants of former tropical cyclone Evan could make it a
sodden Christmas Day in much of the North Island, but South
Islanders will be savouring lunch in the sun.
Although the deep low pressure system that remains from Evan
has made forecasts less predictable, both Weatherwatch.co.nz
and the MetService agree the deep south will have the pick of
MetService is predicting rain with warm north-easterlies in
Northland, Auckland, Waikato, the Bay of Plenty and Taranaki
across to Hawke's Bay.
Weatherwatch.co.nz forecasters are more optimistic,
predicting rain and showers clearing from the morning in
these areas, but with the humidity levels remaining high.
Weatherwatch forecaster Phillip Duncan said the remnants of
Evan will lie west of the North Island and the tropical air
that come with it will make it seem warmer than the actual
temperatures - around the mid-20's - across the North Island.
"The 'feels-like' temperature will be in the low to mid-30s
in these regions, especially if the sun comes out for a bit
as well," said Mr Duncan.
The capital looks set to have a mostly fine day, with highs
in the mid-20's and morning showers clearing.
Both forecasters predict the South Island is the place to be,
with the Mainland enjoying highs of 30 degrees and above in
central Otago and inland Canterbury, with clear skies and
MetService weather forecaster Brooke Lockhart said former
tropical cyclone Evan had injected more uncertainty than
usual in their predictions, although it was continuing to
weaken as it approached New Zealand.
- By Josh Martin, Herald Online