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Wednesday’s national forecast

A weak area of low pressure that once was TC Evan moves eastwards over New Zealand today. Most places look set to receive some rain although the far south is expected to remain mainly dry after a few morning showers clear.

Upper North Island

Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle, humid northerly breezes tend a little more northwesterly in the afternoon. About Auckland and the Waikato a few showers may become heavier for a time later in the afternoon. High cloud in Gisborne with northerlies.
HIGHS: 23-26, 28 in Gisborne

Lower North Island

Sunny areas to start in the morning south of Taranaki and Hawkes Bay, winds from the north or northeast. Cloud building by midday with the odd isolated shower developing, showers becoming more widespread during the afternoon and some may be heavy and thundery in inland areas then easing at night. Winds change southerly in Wellington around midday bringing cloudy skies and a few showers after a sunny start.
HIGHS: 27-30

Upper South Island

Cloudy with rain or showers, winds generally from the south for most. Dry at first in Marlborough however clouding over and some rain developing during the afternoon as southeasterlies freshen. A few falls may be heavy about inland areas north of North Canterbury late afternoon then easing at night. About Hokitika through to Westport expect morning showers then sunny breaks gradually increase through the afternoon with southwest breezes.
HIGHS: 20-23 on the West Coast. 24-27 for Nelson and Marlborough, 19-21 in Canterbury

Lower South Island

Cloudy to start with a few showers clearing by midday, sunny breaks increase in the afternoon. Southwesterly breezes. Becoming quite cool at night.
HIGHS: 17-18, 21-23 in inland areas.


David on 25/12/2012 8:44pm

Merry Boxing Day all.
Gee wizz, don’t know about others, but I’ve had enough of this Low continually being called “former Tropical Cyclone Evan.
Evan is no more, he has dissipated to the point that he doesn’t even matter. Even our normal Lows look meaner than he does now. He was at his peak while in the tropics, as we know these Lows just fall to pieces as they head our way, mostly, Evan has done just that, the only pain is that the area he once was contains plenty of tropical air that keeps me awake at night, hurry up Wellington southerly and give us some fresh air.
Are the media continuing to call this Low, Evan for the usual media hype or what? I’ve had enough of it.

Now I’m worn out typing this and have to sort out an Iced Tea and a lie down.


WW Forecast Team on 25/12/2012 9:21pm

Hi David – unfortunately (for you) it’s standard practice to continue to refer to the low by it’s former tropical name.  It also helps differentiate between the remnants of Evan (which are throwing some forecasts out) and our more normal weather pattern.  Evan is not making a normal weather pattern – and most ex-cyclones don’t – which is why weather forecasters usually continue to refer to them by their name or "ex-cyclone Evan".  MetService are still doing this in their updates too – so the media aren’t doing anything wrong.  It will be called Evan, or the remnants of Evan, until the low has finally gone.  Judging by how you feel imagine how we feel trying to forecast sunny weather with an ex-cyclone in the mix – some very restless sleeps for us over the past 5 days I can tell you!!  Don’t worry, it will be all over by tomorrow we hope – the remnants of Evan are just fading out over Auckland and the upper North Island today.


Philip Duncan

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