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Christmas Day 2017 – National Forecast

Upper North Island

Expect cloudy areas and occasional sun, there may be an isolated shower late afternoon / evening for some otherwise it’s looking mainly dry. Warm with light northwesterly winds, temperatures reaching into the mid twenties for most this afternoon. Overnight or perhaps more towards dawn on Tuesday a band of showers moves in from the west.

Lower North Island

Cloudy areas with a shower or two possible. About the ranges of Manawatu, Wairarapa and perhaps to an extent Hawkes Bay showers develop in the afternoon, some may become heavy with a risk of thunderstorms, drifting eastwards then clearing later on. Winds from the north or northwest in the west, gusty through Cook Strait. Northeasterlies along the east coast. Warm with afternoon high’s in the low to mid twenties.

Upper South Island

Cloudy areas for Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds with north to northwesterly winds, chance of a shower or two about the Marlborough Sounds. Sunnier conditions for the rest of Marlborough with hot temperatures and northwesterlies. Canterbury is mainly sunny with some high cloud and northwesterly winds, during the evening a southerly change moves northwards bringing some rain. High’s in the afternoon for Canterbury reaching into the low thirties. The West Coast has mostly cloudy skies, heavy rain about Fiordland slowly moves northwards reaching North Westland in the evening.

Lower South Island

Thick high cloud with a spot of rain possible, a southwest change pushes through Southland early this morning then gradually moving into Otago by midday bringing a more persistent area of showers / rain which then eases during the evening. Temperatures reaching into the high teens for Southland however this will be early this morning then it starts to become cooler, low twenties for Otago before the changes moves through.


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