Clouds hang over festive season

Last updated 05:00 18/12/2013
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Zinny Jackson, 6, makes the most of the fine weather by zooming down his backyard waterslide.

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Good weather should be at the top of Taranaki's Christmas wish-list as a cloudy forecast is set to keep the region cool over the silly season.

For the next nine days MetService says we can expect cloud and rain.

The temperature high is set at 20 degrees for every day except next Monday when it will be cooler by a degree.

Cloud is on the radar for the next three days and then rain is expected to fall on Sunday and Monday and continue through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Showers and rain are forecast for Boxing Day.

Overnight low temperatures sit between 9C and 12C and winds will be westerly or southwesterly.

And think again if you are planning on escaping the rain by spending the holiday period in a sunnier part of the country.

Rain and showers are predicted almost every day for most parts of the country, with Tauranga the only place with sun on the horizon for Christmas.

But MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said it doesn't look like it's going to be 10 straight days of rain.

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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