Tell Santa to wear a raincoat

NICOLE PRYOR
Last updated 09:07 16/12/2013

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There is one unwanted gift we are all likely to receive this Christmas - rain.

MetService's 10-day forecast, which goes through to Christmas day, shows fine days are going to be few and far between.

For most parts of the country it predicts rain or showers almost every day, with Tauranga set to be the only place in the country with a spot of sun on Christmas Day.

In Auckland, two of the next 10 days are set to be fine. Otherwise, the super city is set for constant showers or rain, and temperatures in the early twenties.

In the Waikato pencil in December 20 as the one fine day predicted for the region, with temperatures in the early twenties.

For New Plymouth, the weather outlook leading to Christmas is also grey. The forecast predicts rain for nine out of the 10 days, with temperatures just hitting 20 degrees Celsius.

Palmerston North is set for rain every day until Christmas, with the thermometer just edging 20C.

In the capital temperatures barely reach the 20C mark, and the only clear fine day in sight is this Wednesday.

Moving to the South Island, the forecast is similarly gloomy.

On the West Coast, December 20 is the only day without rain. Rain is forecast almost every day to Christmas for Christchurch.

It's slightly brighter news for Dunedin, with the potential for a bit of sun on December 19. Otherwise, rain is expected every day, bar one cloudy day on December 20.

But Metservice meteorologist Dan Corbett's predictions are a bit sunnier.

"We've got a few fronts that flick through this week, troughs that work up the country, so there'll be some wet weather," Corbett said.

"People always need to plan for a few showers, but at this stage, it doesn't look like it's going to be 10 days of rain type of thing."

Because the forecasts beyond six days are computer modelled, they can change day-to-day, he said.

"Earlier next week is not that bad, we just have to watch a few little fronts, that might just give us a few little niggly bits of rain around the edges."

The exact details of weather early next week are still at the edge of the radar screen but there are no "big ugly storms" on the horizon, he said.

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