A warm spell over the next few days is unlikely to linger through to Christmas.
Early indications are Christmas Day in Christchurch will be cloudy at times, but dry, with sunny periods and pleasant temperatures. Temperatures are expected to hit or get close to 30 degrees Celsius in the city tomorrow and on Monday, after a slightly cooler day today than yesterday.
MetService is predicting a change to cooler southerlies with some rain in the middle of next week before temperatures start to rise towards next weekend. Beyond that, as Christmas Day draws nearer, the picture becomes a little less clear.
However, Blue Skies Weather forecaster Tony Trewinnard believes it is not too early to take a punt on the weather for Christmas Day.
He said the computer models had been "fairly consistent" during the past few days in predicting a large area of high pressure to the east of Canterbury from December 23 to 25.
"So I would expect a breezy northeasterly Christmas Day, probably with some low cloud about first thing, but sunny periods later on," he said.
"It may be rather humid, with daytime temperatures [only] in the high teens due to the northeast wind."
It was possible the weather might then heat up again, Trewinnard said.
"We might see a run of warm north to northwest wind days from Boxing Day."
- The Press
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