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Weather mostly co-operates for Xmas: Niwa

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/12/2016

The weather gods appear to be smiling for the most part as the country prepares for the festive season.

Christmas Eve to Boxing Day (Saturday to Monday) is looking to be mostly dry, as high pressure over the Tasman Sea glides slowly towards New Zealand, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says.

That means good news for people travelling or planning to head outdoors.

However, a few showers will be possible for the western and northern North Island and the central South Island on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Temperatures in the North Island will be cool on Christmas Eve before gradually rebounding closer to average by Boxing Day.

The South Island will be generally seasonable or warm throughout the weekend.

Looking further ahead, Niwa says dry weather is likely in the North Island on Tuesday before a front brings showers on Wednesday.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are expected to be dry.

In the South Island, Tuesday is expected to be wet in the west and south, with Canterbury experiencing heavy rain.

By the end of the week, drier weather is forecast to return, although the West Coast might have a few showers on New Year's Day.

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