A weekend of great weather will kick off the summer holidays
for many ahead of changeable weather forecast for Christmas
The MetService said tomorrow's weather was likely to be
mostly fine and dry for the north of the country.
"The weekend before Christmas looks great for outdoor plans
for a time, although another front is likely to spread some
wet weather up from the south," meteorologist Daniel Corbett
The front would bring wet weather to the south and west of
the South Island, and some wet weather to parts of the North
Island on Saturday night and early Sunday.
Another fine spell was expected at the start of next week,
but that was expected to be short-lived as another weather
system was poised to approach the west of the country in the
run up to Christmas.
The MetService said the system was likely to bring wet
weather to some western areas by Christmas Eve, and strong
northwesterlies across central and southern New Zealand.
There was also a risk of showers over parts of the country on
Christmas Day before drier weather took its place.
WeatherWatch analyst Philip Duncan said a front would bring
heavy rain to the west of the South Island and brisk
westerlies to the middle of the country on Christmas Eve.
Meanwhile, a high would bring calmer, drier conditions to the
top half of the country. The high would then move further
north, allowing the front to move into the North Island for
Mr Duncan said as the front moved north, there would be quite
a bit of change with the weather on Christmas Day.
"Generally speaking most of New Zealand still doesn't look
overly wet - but it's becoming clear that some regions will
be in for a partially wet day on December 25 with a south to
southwest change moving north."
The areas at highest risk of showers would be in the west of
the North Island and east of the South Island.