Boxing Day: Your NZ-wide forecast

Boxing Day is another fairly calm day across Aotearoa but we do again have showers in both islands.

For the most part showers will be focused inland on the east of the North Island.

While we don't officially have a "CloudWatch" produce please note the infographics we provide each morning at 4am so show cloud cover across NZ as well as winds and rain.

RainWatch: Wednesday's 24 hour rainfall

Merry Christmas! Many people will be watching the skies closely today but we do have some heavy downpours with even some severe weather potential.

Christmas Day: We track the developing downpours + warm & cool spots (+3 Maps)

UPDATED MONDAY --- We have an even more detailed update, taking a look at rain maps for 6am, 12noon and 6pm on December 25th.

Generally speaking high pressure is nearby and showers will expand across New Zealand thanks to daytime heating. It means while some areas may have a high risk of a shower or downpour, they will be a bit hit and miss.

Sunday's national forecast

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A weak sub tropical low lies just to the north east of New Zealand while a storm churns south of NZ in the Southern Ocean - over the country itself a narrow bridge of high pressure should keep both systems mostly offshore and bring a fairly settled day for most.

RainWatch: 24 hours forecast rainfall up until 7am Sunday

We have a few showers around the country today, mostly in the North Island and mainly clearing today.

In the South Island any remaining showers are now clearing Banks Peninsula (as of 8:40am). 

In the North Island showers around Northern Hawke's Bay, Mahia Peninsula Gisborne and East Cape will ease today and gradually clear up.

VIDEO: Final forecast for 2019, up to Boxing Day

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We have a cold change today, Friday, spreading up NZ so Saturday will be cooler in the North Island (especially the next couples of nights).

Christmas Day: Mainly dry overall but cooler with some showers about (+2 Maps)

Updated Friday --- Christmas Day looks fairly calm but will be cooler in the south & east and both islands have a risk of showers.

Brrrr, Friday and Friday night looking colder than average for most (+2 Maps)

Most New Zealanders have noticed a temperature drop this week and another is coming on Friday, possibly colder for some places.

Friday's cold change is the second of three cold changes moving over New Zealand before Christmas Eve, then high pressure should calm things down and warm things back up.

VIDEO: NZ's forecast right up to Christmas Day

It’s our second to last weather video of the year and we’re taking a closer look at the forecast right up to and including Christmas Day.

We also track the colder change coming in on Friday with a burst of rain heading northwards.

More rain coming: We have rain accumulation for the next 3 days (+4 Maps)

Another burst of rain is coming to New Zealand, mainly on the West Coast, Southland and Otago today then spreading into more regions and the North Island into Friday.

On Saturday it clears again for the most part, ahead of the next burst of wet weather later on Sunday and into Monday.