Christmas weather forecast popular

MATT STEWART
Last updated 11:48 15/12/2013

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The forecast for the lead in to Christmas is for unsettled weather, but that doesn't mean the big day will be wet or cold.

Although it was too early to make an entirely accurate prediction, WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said Christmas was the most sought after forecast of the year so it was in the public interest to give people a rough idea of what to expect.

In the days before Christmas a high would push on to northern New Zealand bringing spring-like westerlies, which for Wellington this week means days lurching between southerlies with brief morning showers and brisk northerlies.

''In the whole week leading up to Christmas the South Island and lower North Island are on the edge of the settled weather and will swing between northerlies and southerlies every day or two.'' 

However, the coming weekend was shaping up to be warm and sunny with a front arriving Sunday afternoon bringing more wind.

At this stage Mr Duncan said Christmas day in the capital could go one of two ways depending on wind direction.

A northerly would bring a warm but cloudy day, while a southwesterly would bring sun.

''In a nutshell it's unsettled and runs the risk of being changeable.'' 

MetService's outlook is less optimistic - the government forecaster is predicting occasional rain and showers from Thursday right up to Christmas Eve.

Forecaster Elke Louw said it was too early to accurately predict Christmas day, but said sunny spells would return to the capital by Friday as southerly winds died out. 

 

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- The Dominion Post

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