Wet Waitangi Day tipped for capital but clearing for sevens

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2014

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Seeking out some sunshine could prove a difficult task this Waitangi Day.

A low-pressure system will bring showers to the capital tomorrow, though forecasts differ over whether they will clear for the public holiday.

MetService meteorologists were predicting early morning rain easing to showers on Thursday.

But WeatherWatch forecasts looked a little cheerier - the morning would start with showers, but clear to a fine day, with temperatures of 17 degrees Celsius.

MetService forecaster John Law expected cloudy conditions in the Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay on Waitangi Day, with the chance of rain.

"Up towards Taupo, you're looking at some spells of rain and the wind steady."

But there was good news for those off to the Rugby Sevens or taking a four-day weekend. Both agencies were expecting fine weather in Wellington.

Friday was set to be clear, with a chance of morning cloud and fresh southeasterly winds.

Forecasts for Saturday looked even better, with sunshine all day and light northerly winds.

The mercury could reach between 17C and 20C on both days.

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- The Dominion Post

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