Christmas crystal ball cloudy

Soggy trifle is one thing you are guaranteed to get on Christmas Day.

And at this stage, Niwa is forecasting another soggy element to the day — the weather.

Niwa meteorologists have scoured the skies and consulted the computers and found the weather in the South on Christmas and Boxing Day is likely to be showery and cool.

Last year, it was a very pleasant occasion in the South Island, particularly in Central Otago where Cromwell hit 32.8degC on Christmas Day — the warmest temperature recorded across New Zealand in December 2018.

Dunedin also had dry weather and temperatures reaching the high 20s.

A Niwa spokesman said this year, weather in the lower South Island (including Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and Wanaka) would include possible scattered showers and daytime temperatures below average (generally in the mid-teens).

The forecast is similar for the rest of the South Island, and the lower and western North Island.

The ‘‘good weather’’ — mostly dry conditions and daytime temperatures in the 20s — was forecast for the east coast and upper North Island.

He said the forecast was still a long way off and more accurate forecasts would be provided closer to the big day.

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