Dangerous offshore low causing swells, rips, rain and gales (+3 Maps)

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A low located to the east of North Island has stayed almost in the same position for a few days and is today deepening and drifting a little closer to eastern regions.

Boxing Day: Some rain moving through along with a cool down for many (+4 Maps)

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A cold front is crossing the country and with it comes a temperature drop and a bit of rain. Much of the rain will be patchy and drizzly with light to moderate falls, however a few isolated spots will get heavier downpours.

Your official Christmas Day forecast (+4 Maps)

Filed in:'s Christmas Day forecast for 2017 shows a cold front moving into the West Coast bringing rain later and hotter weather in the east of both islands. There will be a few isolated showers in the North Island. A late cool southerly arrives in the lower half of the South Island, reaching Canterbury at night.

Cold front moves up NZ Christmas Day & Boxing Day - expected rainfall totals (+8 Maps)

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A northerly flow will build over the country today and across Christmas Day with a cold front moving up the South Island slowly bringing a colder change behind it.

Christmas Eve National Forecast!

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High pressure drifts further east today but most places remain dry and warm with northerly quarter winds.

Some afternoon downpours around the Central North Island and hot breezes developing through some inland eastern areas.

Expected rainfall totals over the next few days in NZ (+5 Maps)

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Daytime downpours and a cold front moving up the country will both be welcome by many New Zealanders dealing with droughts and the big dry which has kicked in very early this year.

There is some rain coming in the coming days but the totals are not very high for most with patchy falls in the North Island perhaps only falling as drizzle for some.

Weather Maps: Infographics for the next few days (5 Maps)

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High pressure pushes across New Zealand this weekend but by Christmas Day both Australia and New Zealand will be dealing with a cold front bringing rain and showers. 

This cold front heads north later in the day and across Boxing Day.

Here's where the rain, showers, clouds and thunderstorms are likely to lie over the coming days:

There's some uncertainty about rain next week - why that's good news and bad

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For those who are closely watching the models there's a bit of uncertainty about the rain next week. Over recent days most long range data has suggested a high chance of rain around New Zealand from Boxing Day (Tuesday) and through Wednesday.

However today there has been a shift in this forecast, with quite a big cut back in the amount of rain, how widespread it is and the intensity.

Final weather video of 2017: Christmas Day & New Years Eve


NZ much drier than usual but rain is on the way

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Next week may be the wettest week around New Zealand in over two months, great news for farmers but perhaps a bit worrying for holidaymakers.