Rain for the weekend especially in the north

December 27, 2013

An area of low pressure crossing the Tasman Sea looks set to bring some rain for the final weekend of the year. The wettest parts of New Zealand are expected to be in the north of the country with a warm, moist northerly flow set to deliver some heavier rain to parts of the Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty. 

MetService meteorologist John Law said, “We are keeping an eye on a developing area of low pressure which has the potential to make it a wet weekend, especially over the north of the country”. However, on New Year’s Eve the weather is looking more settled with a brief ridge of high pressure pushing across the north of the country.

The West Coast of the South Island enjoyed some of the best weather for Boxing Day with plenty of sunshine and the warmest temperatures. Milford Sound recorded the highest temperature for the day of 25C, only a degree cooler than the maximum temperature recorded at Raoul Island in the subtropical Kermadecs yesterday. But while the West Coast basked in sunshine, the east of the South Island was on the receiving end of plenty of cloud and drizzle. 

Although the weekend has some rain in store, the weather looks better for New Year’s Eve. “There are still a few days left to firm up the timings and details of the forecast, but at the moment it looks like we should see a switch over the South Island to a wetter west and a drier east,” Law said.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

For further information please contact:
John Law Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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