Forecast points to a less-than-white Christmas

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Last updated 10:38 17/12/2012
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HO, HO, HOT?: The 10-day forecast from MetService shows while Kiwis might not see the sun on Christmas day, they may yet feel the heat.

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Kiwis can expect to celebrate this Christmas in warm weather if early predictions are anything to go by.

MetService’s Peter Kreft said the weather analysts are yet to take a good look at what the 25th will bring, but the 10-day forecast showed positive signs for heat, if not blue skies. Kreft said the service would make a statement about Christmas weather soon.

But at this stage, Aucklanders may not open presents under blue skies, but the city could have a high of 24-degrees Celsius and overnight low of 17C.

Residents may also see a few showers with easterly winds.

In Hamilton, there could be a couple of showers with a little wind. A high of 25C was expected, with an overnight low of 13C.

Showers and easterlies could also hit Tauranga on Christmas Day, but it will also have a high of 25C and a 16C overnight low.

One of the main centres set for sun on December 25 was Wellington.

The capital is - according to predictions - in line for a dry day with a 22C high and a 14C low overnight.

Christchurch also looked set for a sunny day.

It is predicted to see a high of 23C with light winds, and could hit a low of 12C overnight.

Set for a dry day with light winds, Dunedin should have a high of 18C and an overnight low of 11C.

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