South to savour the sun this Christmas

The remnants of former tropical cyclone Evan could make it a sodden Christmas Day in much of the North Island, but South Islanders will be savouring lunch in the sun.

Although the deep low pressure system that remains from Evan has made forecasts less predictable, both and the MetService agree the deep south will have the pick of the conditions.

MetService is predicting rain with warm north-easterlies in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, the Bay of Plenty and Taranaki across to Hawke's Bay. forecasters are more optimistic, predicting rain and showers clearing from the morning in these areas, but with the humidity levels remaining high.

Weatherwatch forecaster Phillip Duncan said the remnants of Evan will lie west of the North Island and the tropical air that come with it will make it seem warmer than the actual temperatures - around the mid-20's - across the North Island.

"The 'feels-like' temperature will be in the low to mid-30s in these regions, especially if the sun comes out for a bit as well," said Mr Duncan.

The capital looks set to have a mostly fine day, with highs in the mid-20's and morning showers clearing.

Both forecasters predict the South Island is the place to be, with the Mainland enjoying highs of 30 degrees and above in central Otago and inland Canterbury, with clear skies and light winds.

MetService weather forecaster Brooke Lockhart said former tropical cyclone Evan had injected more uncertainty than usual in their predictions, although it was continuing to weaken as it approached New Zealand.

- By Josh Martin, Herald Online

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