Early forecasts hint at rainy Christmas

Early forecasts hint at rain, but those dreaming of a bright Christmas in Manawatu should hold on to their Santa hats.

Mixed forecasts are circulating for the big day in Manawatu.

MetService's computer-generated 10-day forecast provides the most depressing reading, suggesting rain with westerly winds throughout Christmas Day in Palmerston North.

MetService meteorologist John Law said it was not yet time to hit the panic button as the computer-generated model could often be a bit like pulling weather out of a stocking.

Four days before Christmas was when weather forecasters would have a realistic idea of what would happen, and at this stage it was possible that the city could have a cloudy, or even sunny Christmas, Law said.

"It's one to keep an eye on over the next few days because it can definitely change. No-one should get too depressed because it doesn't actually look too bad."

Tomorrow and Wednesday were "looking pretty good", Law said, but a southerly front would come through on Thursday morning bringing showers throughout the day.

It would clear on Friday, and stay fine into the weekend, Law said.

Temperatures would drop from mid-20s at the start of the week to 20 degrees Celsius and below from Thursday.

Manawatu Standard