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First week of 2008 looking great weather-wise
New Years Eve celebrations look set to be mainly dry across New Zealand with western regions of both islands being the place to be.  TRN’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says it’ll be a stunning day in many areas, however a cold front moving up the east will mean a windy, cooler and showery end to 2007.  “Showers will move up the South Island and lower North Island during Monday, then slide up the North Island’s east coast on Monday afternoon and evening, dying out around Bay of Plenty.  Napier and Gisborne will see showers lasting until evening but hopefully they’ll die out around then”. 
But Duncan says he expects most towns in New Zealand to be free of any showers by sunset with conditions improving by the hour.
In western regions conditions will be warmer and much drier with Hamilton and Auckland being two of the best places to be.  Taupo might have some cooler winds but it also should be a good place to be.
In the South and Queenstown will likely be dry but cooler with that southerly.  The southerly could see temperatures in single digits at midnight from Invercargill to Dunedin to Christchurch.
Nelson is expected to be dry with a southerly and in Wellington showers should clear but a cold southerly will knock the temperatures down a bit.
The first week of 2008 is looking fantastic according to Philip Duncan, with a large high holding firm over New Zealand.  “New Years Day should be a stunner everywhere in New Zealand with the only bleamish being Northland with some clouds being dragged in from a tropical low which has stalled in the Coral Sea”.   Duncan expects the first 7 days of 2008 to be dry and mainly sunny with easterlies gusty at times in the far north thanks to that stalled low.



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