More settled but showers still on the horizon

December 19, 2013

The active front, which was the source of strong to severe thunderstorms across eastern parts of the South Island yesterday, is set to spread the thundery risk into eastern parts of the North Island before more settled weather builds across the country for the weekend.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “The weekend before Christmas looks great for outdoor plans for a time although another front is likely to spread some wet weather up from the south.”

This front will move over the west and south of the South Island on Saturday, but further north, the day is likely to be mostly fine and dry. However, the front should spread some wet weather up across parts of the North Island during Saturday night and early Sunday.

A new anticyclone should bring another fine spell to start off next week but it is expected to be short lived as another weather system is poised to approach the west of New Zealand in the run up to Christmas.

At this point, it looks like this new weather system will spread some wet weather into some western areas by Christmas eve, and strong northwesterlies across central and southern New Zealand. There is also a risk of showers over parts of the country on Christmas Day before drier weather takes its place.

Exact details on the timing of the weather systems may still change in the run up to Christmas, keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at

For further information please contact:
Daniel Corbett Media and Communications Meteorologist (04) 4700 754

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