Wind and rain look set to dampen New Year festivities over
many parts of the country.
WeatherWatch.co.nz head analyst Philip Duncan said the same
weather pattern which contributed to a cloudy and damp
Christmas Eve in some areas looked likely to return in the
final days of 2012.
This meant a higher risk of wind and rain on New Year's Eve
and campers are being warned to keep up to date with weather
forecasts and potential warnings.
A similar weather set-up as during Christmas - highs either
side of New Zealand but not directly over the country -
looked likely for the final day of the year, Mr Duncan said.
"Just like for the start of Christmas we expect a high to the
east and another one in the Tasman Sea, lowering the air
pressure here at home and increasing the risks of wind and
The weather forecast showed wet weather clearing during New
Year's Eve over the North Island and rain moving up the West
Coast of the South Island.
Gusty northwesterlies were predicted for central New Zealand,
However, despite the potential change in weather, most main
centres still looked fairly dry at this early stage, Mr
"Don't go cancelling any plans just yet."
Auckland has a 30 percent chance of showers with westerlies
picking up. New Year's Day could be windy but dry and cloudy.
Wellington is expected to be dry with near gale northerly or
northwesterly winds on New Year's Eve - with New Year's Day
looking similar but possibly showery.
Christchurch is forecast to be dry and warm, but perhaps
cooler, cloudier and windier on January 1.
Dunedin can expect sun interspersed with few showers and
Mr Duncan said he had been using the same models that picked
Cyclone Evan's path two weeks in advance.
"I tend to be a glass-half-full kinda guy and while the
forecast may not be ideal, keep in mind long-range
predictions are just a basic guide for the weather pattern.
"We are seeing another unsettled spell of weather, but it may
be more like a hot spring weather pattern than the tropical
summer system we've just had."
The wild weather may be be short-lived, a forecast high
moving in to settle things down for the start of January.