New Year jig more of a rain dance, really

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 31/12/2013

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Southlanders might need to swap swimsuits for umbrellas in the new year.

The weather forecast for the next couple of days is mixed, with showers predicted in Fiordland tonight and thunder showers likely throughout the region tomorrow.

MetService meteorologist Tristan Oakley said despite the rain in coastal areas today, it would be mostly fine across inland Southland, with a high of about 18 degrees Celsius.

This will please New Year revellers, but those planning to dance the night away in Te Anau may have to don their rain jackets.

Things were only set to get worse tomorrow, with thunderstorms predicted in the afternoon and rain likely in Fiordland.

But brush off your swimsuit and dig out your sunglasses, sun is on its way on Thursday.

After a morning of occasional showers, the whole region is expected to brighten up with temperatures in the mid-20s, he said.

The maximum in Central Otago was expected to be 22C today.

However, those hoping for a New Year kiss under the stars in Queenstown should expect showers.

Meteorologist Cameron O'Connor said the adventure capital will be fine today, but showers were expected this evening and would carry on until tomorrow.

"New Year's Day turns nice and chilly with showers, too. It's not looking too optimistic."

And while the Southland region is soaking up the sun on Thursday, those in Queenstown will need to bring out the umbrellas, with light rain in the morning developing to heavy rain in the evening.

 

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