Christmas weather 'a patchy affair'

Most of the country is in for unsettled, cooler weather this Christmas Day as a wet front makes its way up the country.

Auckland has mostly settled weather in the coming week, with the exception of Christmas Day when rain settles in.

The sun is due to return on Boxing Day, a MetService spokeswoman said. Forecast highs for Auckland reach about 22C.

Today would be generally fine for most places, although the wind would pick up in Wellington, MetService forecaster Ian Gall said.

A trough moving in from the Tasman Sea would start to produce rain in the deep south late today, which would move up the West Coast tomorrow  and bring heavy showers with it.

The front was expected to be sitting near the middle of the country by midnight Tuesday before sweeping over the North Island on Christmas Day.

"It's quite a patchy affair. It's just going to be quite an unsettled day with most people seeing some rain at some stage," Mr Gall said.

"But at least the front moves through pretty quickly over the North Island on Christmas Day ... and some places will get fine spells."

Accompanying the rain, south-westerly winds would bring cooler temperatures for most of the country, which has so far enjoyed a warm December.

"It won't be cold but there will be a noticeable cooling when the front goes past," Mr Gall said.

"The winds will be changing pretty readily on Tuesday over the South Island to the cooler southwesterlies and it'll happen over the North Island on Christmas Day."

Holiday-makers won't escape the rain either, with most destinations in the North Island set for a soaking sometime during the Christmas week.

Between Whangarei and Hawkes Bay temperatures will be warm and hardly dipping below 20C. But rain will fall in most areas over the next four days.

The national outlook

DUNEDIN

Monday: Fine. High cloud thickening in the afternoon. Northeasterlies, 18C high.

Tuesday: Cloudy, some rain at times. Northerly, 21C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Occasional showers. Cool southwesterly, 16C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Showers clearing. Fresh northeasterly developing, 15C high.

CHRISTCHURCH

Monday: Fine. High cloud thickening in the evening. Northeasterlies, 22C high.

Tuesday: High cloud. Northeasterlies, 25C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Occasional showers. Southwesterly, 21C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Showers easing. Northeast developing, 14C high.

 

WHANGAREI

Monday: Fine weather with a slight breeze, 24C high.

Tuesday: Fine with cloud increasing, 26C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Period of morning rain, 25C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Becoming fine, 23C high.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA

Monday: Showers followed by heavy falls. Clearing by the evening, 24C high.

Tuesday: Mostly fine with low cloud increasing. North westerlies, 24C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Morning rain, becoming fine, 23C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Becoming fine, 23C high.

AUCKLAND

Monday: Morning cloud then long fine spells. Southwest breeze, 22C high.

Tuesday: Fine but evening cloud. Northwesterly, 24C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Rain followed by a few showers. Southwest change, 22C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Becoming fine. Southerly developing, 22C high.

HAMILTON

Monday: Morning cloud then long fine spells. Southwest breeze, 22C high.

Tuesday: Fine but evening showers. Northwesterlies, 23C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Rain to a few showers. Southwest change, 22C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Becoming fine. Southerly developing, 24C high.

TAURANGA/ROTORUA

Monday: A few showers with some northerly breezes, 21C high.

Tuesday: Mostly fine. Northwesterlies developing, 24C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Rain with fine spells developing, 24C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): A few showers and fine spells, 23C high.

TAUPO

Monday: Cloudy with afternoon showers, 19C high.

Tuesday: Mostly fine. North westerlies and a few showers in the evening, 21C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Morning rain. South westerlies, 21C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): A few showers and fine spells, 21C high.

NEW PLYMOUTH

Monday: Fine. Evening cloud with westerlies, 20C high.

Tuesday: Fine during the day with clouds and showers in the evening, 20C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Morning rain, southerly with fine breaks, 20C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Fine with a chance of showers, 20C high.

NAPIER/HASTINGS

Monday: Fine. North westerlies developing in the evening, 23C high.

Tuesday: Fine with north westerlies. High cloud in the evening, 25C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Showers in the ranges in the morning and spreading elsewhere in the afternoon. Gusty north westerlies turing southerly, 25C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Rain, briefly heavy. Southerlies, 20C high.

WELLINGTON

Monday: Fine apart from morning and evening cloud. Fresh northerly, 19C high.

Tuesday: Becoming cloudy, showers developing. Strong northwesterly, 20C high.

Wednesday (Christmas Day): Fine spells and a few showers. Southerly change, 22C high.

Thursday (Boxing Day): Occasional showers. Strong southerly, 18C high.

 

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