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Boxing Day national forecast

Showers at times in the west. Cloudy spells and sunny breaks at times in the east, chance of a shower now and then in the east otherwise mainly dry. West to soouthwest breezes.
High: 21-23

Bay Of Islands
Cloudy spells and sunny breaks at times, chance of a shower otherwise mainly dry. West to soouthwest breezes.
High: 22


Occasional showers with west to southwest breezes, a few sunny spells possible at times from afternoon.
High: 21

Central North Island, Lake Taupo, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

The odd shower about western parts of the Central North Island and most of Waikato, westerly breezes. Sunny spells in the east and about the Bay Of Plenty with westely winds, showers in the afternoon becoming heavy though for many inland areas (excluding most of Waikato apart from the far south) with possible thunderstorms then clearing later in the evening or around midnight as winds tend southerly.
Highs: 19-22

Eastern North Island

Showers about Wairarapa with southerlies, mostly sunny further north with light winds. In the afternoon and evening showers move into Hawkes Bay and Gisborne with southerly winds, a chance of heavy falls and thunderstorms especially about the ranges then easing in the evening.
Highs: 20-22

Western North Island

Occasional showers with light northerlies tending southeasterly by midday. About Taranaki expect westerly winds with showers, winds change southeast there in the evening with showers easing then clearing.
Highs: 20-21


Morning rain eases becoming patchy, fresh southerly breezes.
High: 18

Nelson & Kateriteri

Early rain clears with a few sunny spells developing, still plenty of cloud about. Southeasterlies at first then afternoon northerly winds. A few isolated showers develop in the afternoon possibly heavy inland then clearing in the evening.
Highs: 21-22


Early rain clears then expect cloudy spells with southeasterly breezes, a few brief sunny areas may sneak through at times. Overnight some further rain moves in.
Highs: 20-21


Mostly cloudy with occasional drizzle near the coast, dry spells too. Rain at times for inland areas with drizzle patches at times. Southerlies in the morning then tending more southeast in the afternoon.
Highs: 17-18

West Coast

Sunny spells with light winds and afternoon sea breezes. Chance of a morning shower about Buller then clearing, late afternoon and evening a few isolated showers may develop about Buller again then clearing by midnight.
Highs: 20-21

Coastal Otago

Early rain eases to drizzle, southerly winds tend easterly in the afternoon.
Highs: 14-15

Central Otago

Drizzle clears this morning, a few sunny spells break through from afternoon. Southerly breezes tend a little more southeast later in the day. Fog patches possible overnight.
High: 19


Drizzle patches clearing in the afternoon, chance of a few late sunny spells. Southerly breezes tend easterly in the evening.
High: 16

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


Guest on 26/12/2013 1:36am

Hello weatherwatch, living on the east coast of the South Island, where is our summer it’s been 3 weeks almost and most of us are getting robbed, as all mainly get a 2 week break. Our family haven’t hit the beach yet. What’s with the drizzle, it looks like it will be around for a few days. What’s our summer like, where our our dry hot days, when will it come. It seems this weather happens every year. Could u please give me the low down on what we will expect over the next month or so, before we all head back for work!!! I live in oamaru and ATM it ain’t pretty. We are heading to melding in early jan and then chch for mid jan. but I’m hoping the weather will improve before we head on our family holiday. Also what’s New Years like for the South Island. Mother Nature isn’t being kind!!!!

WW Forecast Team on 26/12/2013 7:04am

Looks like you’ll have to wait until next week for the weather to dry out. Certainly a high risk for more rain or showers up until Sunday or early Monday.  In the first few days of January we think the winds will turn to a warmer direction and possibly remain a bit spring like with hotter, drier, weather returning but still the risk of another southerly change or two. Usually things settle properly over NZ around mid-Jan.  NYE may be dry and pleasant at this stage for you. All the best!

Cheers Phil

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