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Your 2009 Christmas Day forecast


This is’s ‘Official’ Christmas Day forecast!

See below for our most extensive forecast ever, covering 24 main centres


The situation:  A large high will remain firmly in place over the North Island on Christmas Day but will weaken over the South Island – allowing stronger winds and cloud to move in.

Boxing Day looks a little unsettled south of the lower North Island but settled everywhere else.  And Sunday and Monday are looking mostly settled New Zealand-wide, just some showers or clouds possible in Southland on Monday.
Our pick for the sunniest, driest and calmest weather remains for northern and north eastern parts of the North Island. 
The hottest weather will most likely be Central Otago, Canterbury and Marlborough with Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty and eastern Coromandel also fairly hot.
The windiest weather is likely to be in Southland, Wellington and inland parts of Canterbury.



Latest Christmas Day Forecast
Kaitaia:  Sunny, light northerlies.  High:  23

Mainly sunny, sea breezes.  High: 25

Mainly sunny, some afternoon cloud.  High around 24

Hot and sunny, little to no wind. High 25 or 26 across the Waikato, fairly humid too.

Eastern Coromandel Peninsula: 
Sunny and hot with afternoon sea breezes. High in the mid 20s.

Sunny and hot with afternoon sea breezes.  High in the mid 20s.
Rotorua: Sunny and hot with afternoon lake breezes. High in the mid 20s,

Sunny and hot with afternoon sea breezes.  High:  27.

Sunny, lake breezes.  High:  23

New Plymouth:
  Mainly sunny, a few clouds.  Light winds.  High:  21

  Sunny, light winds.  High:  23

Palmerston North: 
 Mostly sunny, some cloud.  Nor’westers developing.  High:  23

  Hot and sunny, light winds/afternoon sea breezes.  High:  25 to 27

:  Fairly breezy nor’westers later otherwise but mostly sunny – perhaps a little high cloud.  High:  26

 Mostly sunny with northerlies strengthening during the day. High: 19 or 20

 Mostly sunny, nor’west breezes.  High:  24 

  Mostly sunny, gusty northerlies developing.  High:  27

High cloud developing and nor’westers picking up.  High: Mid to late 20s, but 30 degrees possible inland.

  High cloud thickening and becoming overcast.  Northerlies turning nor’west later.  High: Mid to late 20s.

 20% chance of a shower or spit of rain in the evening, otherwise dry and cloudy with gusty north to north west winds. High: in the mid 20s.

  Nor’westers and overcast.  High: Around 28

  Cloudy with gusty nor’westers, could be a shower.  High: Around the low 20s

  Overcast with nor’westers, 20% chance of a shower after dark.  High:  19

  Fairly strong north west winds, 20% chance of a late shower, rain possible at night.  High:  Low 20s.

Please note these forecasts are independent of MetService and are a product of


CHDAVIS-NZ on 24/12/2009 11:11am

Merry Christmas Weather Watch team *smiles* and to everyone out there… we are fossicking today… awesome… and, what a great activity to do on Christmas day eh??? hmm… of course… my teenager may not think so… *raises brow* … still…

The moonlight is very bright this morning… very… very… bright…

Guest on 22/12/2009 8:45am

Thanks heaps buy and chance of a boxing dAy forecast too? Would be so greatful. Thanks.

JohnGaul on 20/12/2009 6:56am

At the moment, I’m picking a NW Arch for Santa to arrive over on Christmas Day for Cantabrians!


JohnGaul on 19/12/2009 10:43am

Fine day with NE for Christchruch and a temperature of around 23C.
NW later, may increase the temperature.


CHDAVIS-NZ on 19/12/2009 10:32am

please include and have a Christmas weather forecast for area’s north of Auckland ie; Whangarei (Mid Northern) and the Far North regions.. please.

I really think (imho) that Whangarei and the Far North should be included in the forecasts… it seems we folks from the mid north and far north regions always seem to be left out.

Be great if it poured buckets of rain on Christmas Day… need the rain so badly up here… honestly everything is so dry… will send a pic taken inland today from mid northern region… Hukerenui (fogbow – rainbow country).

David on 25/12/2009 1:21am

It looks like we’re in for a dry one. Dairy NZ have even started running workshops to educate farmers on how to handle a dry summer:

bryce on 18/12/2009 9:42am

GEE hope H.B. is gonna bee as unny as auckland was today – Abundant sunshine!

Dave on 17/12/2009 3:11am

Interesting & thanks for all your good work this year.

I have seen that low too but hopefully it will slide down the Tasman which will make it less of a problem for us in the North. It looks like the first North Easterly for quite some time.

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