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A calm lead-in to Christmas – Thursday´s #WeatherRisks and your Main Centre outlook

While most of the country gears up for the big day on Friday, the weather is settling right down – though showers will affect some parts of New Zealand on Christmas Eve.

Showers spring up in the afternoon over much of the North Island – especially in the west – from Northland right down through to Kapiti.
Some places may see nothing and remain dry all day, but this is the part of the country most susceptible to showers through the day.
Within this area of showers there could be an isolated heavy fall or two, and while it shouldn’t be too serious, it’s the only real weather feature of note on an otherwise calm, settled and sunny Summer’s day.

Main Centres


A mix of sun and cloud – with a few showers about too, while there´s the chance of a heavy downpour this afternoon about Auckland, along with east to northeasterly winds, and a high in the early 20s.


Calm and sunny in the capital, with northeasterlies affecting parts of the city here too – and temperatures sitting around the late teens or early 20s for the most part.


Similar in Christchurch too, staying mostly sunny with light winds in the morning, before afternoon easterly winds set in, and cloud thickens up in the evening – though temperatures will stay in the early 20s for the most part.

– Aaron Wilkinson,

– Photo: Chris Johnson


Dane Hawker on 23/12/2015 9:42pm

We got 4.5mm over night and now some light drizzle. Feels like we are in for some big afternoon dumps.

Steve on 23/12/2015 8:52pm

Hi Guys. Nice 5mm drop overnight and continueing this morning. This will bring us into double figures for MTD (14mm). Enough to keep vegetation alive for another week. This month shaping as driest December I have recorded here just south of Waipu and my last residence in Wellsford. Not shaping well for the rest of summer.

WW Forecast Team on 23/12/2015 8:53pm

Cheers for the update Steve.  Good to hear you’ve had a little drop – hope you get some more today/tonight too (looks pretty dry next week)

Phil D

Steve on 24/12/2015 5:45am

Hi Phil. Just tipped out total of 19mm for last 24 hours. Certainly lifts the spirits a bit. 

Cheers Steve

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