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.
For the Nelson region, only three of the next 10 days are forecast to be fine. Tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday should be sunny but beyond that, the outlook is a gloomy one, with rainy days likely betweeen Saturday, December 21 and Christmas Day.
It's a similar story for Motueka, with eight days of rain and just two sunny spells forecast between tomorrow and Christmas.
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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