Popular holiday spots should get a decent dose of sunshine
tomorrow, but showers and rain could put a dampener on the
weekend for many.
MetService meteorologist John Law said the Bay of Islands
would be the place to be in the North Island tomorrow, with
some "nice spells of sunshine".
"It's not out of the question we'll catch an isolated shower,
but hopefully not too bad for those guys as we head through
The weather was also looking good for the Bay of Plenty and
Coromandel, with fine spells and the odd shower tomorrow.
But the rain could become more frequent during the weekend as
a low developed over the north and west of the country,
bringing wet weather, particular to the north through to the
Bay of Plenty.
"So it's definitely a forecast to keep an eye on if you're
planning to head outside at the weekend."
Further south, Taupo was likely to be showery tomorrow with
the chance of thunderstorms, and a rainy weekend.
South Island holiday spots were likely to get better weather.
It would be fine tomorrow in Queenstown and Aoraki/Mt Cook,
followed by some cloud and showers over the weekend.
Mr Law said today had brought cloudy, grey weather to the
east of the country and showers in the central North Island.
The Bay of Plenty and Coromandel had southwesterlies, while
Auckland had isolated showers.
The place to be today was the West Coast of the South Island.
"It looks as though they've got some nice weather and some
pretty decent temperatures too."
In Greymouth, the weather was fine and the temperature was
20C by mid-afternoon - not as hot as Nelson's 23.5C, but less
Mr Law said it was still too soon for an accurate forecast
for New Year's Day.
Paihia, Bay of Plenty: A decent day tomorrow with sunshine,
fairly light winds and a high of 22C in the afternoon. Wetter
weather on Saturday, with fresh northeasterlies, improving
through Sunday but wet at times.
Mangawhai, Northland: A few isolated showers tomorrow. A few
more on Saturday, with rain towards the end of the day and
more wet weather on Sunday.
Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty: Nice spells of sunshine tomorrow
morning, with the odd shower in the afternoon and a high of
about 24C. A few showers on Saturday, becoming more frequent,
with heavier rain on Sunday.
Whitianga, Coromandel: Western Coromandel would likely get
the most showers tomorrow, but on the east, Whitianga should
have fine spells and perhaps the odd afternoon shower.
Showers developing on Saturday, with heavy rain by Sunday and
highs of about 23C.
Whangamata, Coromandel: Isolated showers tomorrow,
particularly in the afternoon. Showers over the weekend,
getting heavier on Sunday.
Taupo: Showery tomorrow, with some fairly heavy, perhaps
thundery, in the afternoon. Rain will push through over the
weekend, particularly on Sunday, with highs up to 22C.
Queenstown: A decent day tomorrow with fine, dry weather,
followed by a fine day on Saturday with some cloud. On Sunday
there would be a touch more cloud and the odd shower. Highs
of up to 23C.
Aoraki/Mt Cook: A fine day tomorrow with a touch more cloud
later and a few spots of drizzle. More cloud and a few
afternoon showers on Saturday, followed by more persistent
showers on Sunday.
- By Matthew Backhouse of APNZ