Our official Christmas Day forecast!
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This is the Weather Watch Centre's 'Official' Christmas Day forecast!
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Final Discussion - Issued 6:30, Tuesday, Dec 23rd.
Solid rain is (not literally!) is falling across Northland and Auckland tonight as a sub-tropical low moves down the North Island. Some good rain should fall over Gisborne tonight and Christmas Eve morning. If you live in that area we'd love to know how much falls at your place.
During Christmas Eve that low will drift out into the Pacific Ocean towards the Chatham Islands. Meanwhile high pressure will build behind it "locking in" some of that warm humid air in the north, but also helping a southerly move up the South Island's east coast.
By Christmas Day there'll be a high to the North West of NZ and to the South West.... in betweeen a very weak front will fall apart.
Latest Xmas Day Forecast
North Island: Cloudy periods in coastal areas otherwise sunny. Central and any eastern beaches will be the place to be...that includes most of the North Island's busiest holiday spots!
Lower down in Wellington and a pretty day lies ahead but a late southerly may cloud things over and cool them down a bit. Nothing major and any showers should be small.
Temps: Lower to mid 20s for most places. Late teens for lower parts of the NI.
South Island: It's still looking likely to be a cloudy and cool day for the east coast as that sub-tropical low drops away east of New Zealand and sucking up cold, but relatively harmless, southerlies from Southland, along the east coast. There may be a shower or two but nothing significant expected. Temps: They've lifted a little bit - probably in the low to mid teens for southern and eastern areas, and around the low to mid 20s for northern, central - and possibly even western areas!
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