Thunder, sticky weather hangs on

Last updated 12:00 28/12/2012

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Manawatu may not have seen the last of the Cyclone Evan-inspired thunderstorms that loomed over the region on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Palmerston North sweated through humid 30 degree Celsius temperatures on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with afternoon thunderstorms on both days bringing heavy showers to the region as well as relief from the stifling heat.

The warm, moist air over the country was created by the remains of Cyclone Evan, MetService forecaster Brooke Lockhart said.

The conditions meant there was the potential for more thunderstorms tomorrow evening.

New Year's Eve was also not shaping up well, with showers likely across the region, Lockhart said.

"It's nothing outrageous, just showers, so try not to let your barbecue get too wet and you'll be fine."

WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said the central North Island could expect showers and gusty northwesterly winds in the days leading up to new year festivities.

"I tend to be a glass-half-full kinda guy and, while the forecast may not be ideal, keep in mind long-range predictions are just a basic guide . . .

"If you're going away camping, just keep up to date with the latest weather news and potential warnings.

"But this looks short-lived, with a high hopefully moving in to settle things down for the start of January."

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- Manawatu Standard

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