Better weather expected in time for NYE

Last updated 05:00 28/12/2012

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Better weather is set to return and usher in the New Year, but it won't quite repeat the record highs of Christmas Day.

Heavy rain cut power to 3200 homes in Johnsonville and caused a landslide on the Rimutaka hill yesterday.

The heavy spells of rain have been replaced by a few days of cloud and drizzle - but come New Year's Eve, the weather will improve.

MetService forecaster Brooke Lockhart said the skies should gradually clear.

"It's going to be pretty similar. It's generally quite cloudy with some showers and drizzle at times. It'll be in the low 20s, not super cold but not hot like Christmas either.

"On Sunday there's a front coming up from the south, bringing a period of rain.

"But after the rain on Sunday, it's going to be mostly fine."

A westerly wind was expected on New Year's Day.

There were several power outages in Johnsonville yesterday morning, but all homes were reconnected by mid-morning, Wellington Electricity spokesman Hugo Armstrong

The failure was triggered by the weather and was not indicative of a wider system failure, he said.

"The fact that there's been a couple of large faults in the last couple of days; there's [nothing] causing a trend."

About 1000 homes in Upper Hutt lost power on Boxing Day and about 900 Titahi Bay residents were without power for about an hour on Christmas Day.

Heavy downpours also caused a slip, which blocked one lane of the Rimutaka Hill Road about 8.30am yesterday.

Sergeant Guy Callahan, of police central communications, said police got several calls about the slip.

"A sizeable chunk came down, blocking a lane."

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