Weather comes to the Christmas party

Last updated 13:00 26/12/2013
SWEET AS: An afternoon game of touch under the hot sun on Rabbit Island.

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The weather gods came to the region's relaxed Christmas Day party, providing the perfect backdrop for a dip and  festive dining in the outdoors.

Predictions of a cloudy, showery day yesterday were instead replaced by balmy weather across the region with light winds.

The rain, when it came, fell overnight and this morning before easing. The forecast for the next few days is for fine weather tomorrow and Saturday with temperatures up to 23 degrees Celsius, and rain returning on Sunday.

The cooler temperatures today were probably just the ticket for Boxing Day bargain hunters. In traditional fashion Nelsonians made a late shopping dash before Christmas with Paymark electronic transaction figures showing an 11.4 per cent increase in spending on December 22 and 23 compared with the same time last year. During those two days this year $8.3 million was spent in the region.

Nationally, Paymark figures show that on Christmas Eve, eftpos transactions hit an all-time high of 148 per second at 12.24pm as shoppers rushed to buy food and last-minute gifts.

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