Royal tour: Long will it rain

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 09:54 10/04/2014
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AS IT WILL GO ON: The royal family arrive in New Zealand to a blast of Wellington weather.

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Here's hoping the Duchess of Cambridge has packed a few spare designer coats in the suitcase - it's looking more likely the remainder of the tour is going to be a royal washout.

"They'll probably think we have loads of rain in this country," MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said.

"It is going to be one of those visits to keep the raincoats and the brollies close to their side for much of the visit."

After three days of cold, cloud and wet weather in Wellington, Prince William and Catherine were probably relieved at the thought of escaping to sunny Blenheim today.

But if they woke up and checked MetService this morning, they were bound to be disappointed.

"It's one of those, 'have a raincoat handy' days for their walkabout, unfortunately," Corbett said.

"It's a little bit better than Wellington because they're not as exposed to the south easterly - they'll get to 18 or 19. But it is a damp day."

Tomorrow the couple head up to Auckland, where they will enjoy a spot of yacht racing - and possibly get a little more damp than they bargained for.

"There's a big lump of rain that comes out of the Hauraki Gulf through the late morning, it's looking like it could be a wettish spell through the day there," Corbett said.

That lump of rain would likely follow them to the Waikato on Saturday, but temperatures in Hamilton and Cambridge will at least be pleasant, at 22 degrees.

Heading down south on Sunday, and the royals might be singing the praises of the covered Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin, with more showers forecast, and a chilly 14 degrees.

There may be some respite as they move across to Queenstown.

"Queenstown might be OK... they get a bit of shelter," Corbett said.

Up to Christchurch on Monday, and it's even more rain forecast.

"Christchurch was looking fine but unfortunately now with this new system there might still be a little bit of moisture. A little bit of cloud, a few spots of drizzle."

And as they walk back up the steps of their RNZAF plane next Wednesday, it is likely their parting gift from Wellington will be the same as when they arrived - a southerly blast, and a scatter of rain.

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