Rain and sun for capital Christmas

20:41, Dec 19 2013

Pack your sun hat and umbrella for Christmas day in Wellington - it's looking like at least two seasons in one day.

Both MetService and WeatherWatch are in agreement that Christmas day in the capital should have rain and sunny spells but both are warning things could change in the next few days.

Wellington was in the ''changeable zone'', WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said.

A front with a strong, gusty northwesterly was due to pass over Wellington on Christmas Eve but that would likely leave Wellington in the morning.

Later in the day a southeasterly system was due. The length of Wellington's fine period was dependent on the gap between the two systems.

Most of the lower North Island would follow a similar pattern, except Wairarapa, where a dry start to Christmas Day was expected to be followed by showers later in the day.

MetService forecaster John Law said a front was moving over Wellington on Christmas Day. It was due in the morning and the skies should clear in the afternoon.

However, there were five days to go till Christmas and things could change.


The Dominion Post