December 26, 2011

The large anticyclone that brought sunny weather across New Zealand for Christmas will drift east as we head toward the end of 2011. This will open the door for an area of low pressure to slid in and bring some wet weather for the last few days of the year.

“Moist northerly winds are likely to sweep a band of rain across the North Island during Thursday and Friday”, said MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt.

“There is also likely to be a southerly change over the South Island at the same time and this may cause some of the rain to stall around central parts of the country or over the northern half of the South Island by the end of the week.”

McDavitt added that there is still some uncertainly as to the amount, location and timing of the peak rain, and that campers will need to pay particular heed to the weather forecasts and warnings over the next few days.

Travellers will also want to keep up to date with the forecast for the end of the week and into the holiday weekend at metservice.com or at m.metservice.com for mobile devices.

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt Weather Ambassador (04)237 0578
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