Chch drizzle set to clear today

22:54, Dec 26 2012
Sophie and Brooke Keates
CHEERFUL CAMPERS: Sophie Keates, 3, and sister, Brooke, 5, keep warm in their Christmas hats.
Steve McDonald in Woodend
HOPING IT WILL CLEAR: Steve McDonald dries the outdoor furniture after the morning drizzle.
Brent Keates in Woodend
BIKING ON HOLD: Brent Keates puts the family bikes away for later.

Wet weather is failing to deter campers from Canterbury camping grounds.

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At Woodend Beach Holiday Park, just north of Christchurch, camper Steve McDonald was today using a towel to dry outdoor furniture near his tent.

He went to the camping area with his wife and some friends from Christchurch yesterday, but had not been put off by the bad weather. "We enjoy it here."

The only advice he had for other campers was to "enjoy the company of whoever is around you".

"What you shouldn't do, we don't have those," he said.

Five-year-old Brooke Keates and 3-year-old sister Sophie were enjoying playing with their Christmas presents, dad Brent Keates said.

"We've got a week yet. Hopefully it fines up. I think we'll stick it out," he said.

Camp owner Jan Reid said the rain had not deterred any campers this year, although there were still a few sites available.

The camping ground attracted mostly people from Christchurch, Rangiora and Kaiapoi, she said.

"We have a few contractors staying that are doing the rebuild in Christchurch and Kaiapoi, but we try to keep it as a camping ground," she said.

Umbrella weather
UMBRELLA WEATHER: Cloud and drizzle set in on Boxing Day.

WEATHER SET TO CLEAR

Drizzle in Christchurch is set to clear this afternoon.

MetService forecaster Brooke Lockhart said the weather would be fine this afternoon, with the temperature expected to reach 19 degrees Celsius.

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However, the cloud would return in the evening, and there could be more patchy drizzle tomorrow, she said.

Temperatures were increasing, with tomorrow expected to reach 22C, Lockhart said.

"It's slowly creeping up as we get more fine breaks. For the weekend, it should head into the mid to high 20s."

Lockhart said the weather for tomorrow and Saturday would be similar, with morning and evening cloud, fine breaks in the afternoon and northeasterly winds.

Sunday was looking like the pick of the weekend as gusty northwesterlies should bring warm weather, she said.

Those looking to warm up in the Hanmer Springs hot pools can also expect overcast skies today.

Tomorrow and Saturday, Hanmer would be less cloudy than Christchurch as it was further inland.

"There's a lot of cloud about the coast. The further inland you go, the less cloud you get," Lockhart said.

Thousands of holidaymakers flocking to the Nelson area will be disappointed to see showers are forecast, turning to rain on Saturday.

The rain was expected move across the ranges on Sunday, Lockhart said.

The temperature was expected to reach the low 20s today and tomorrow.

Temperatures should pick up to the mid-20s at the weekend, Lockhart said.

Rain had already hit the  Marlborough Sounds.

"But that is clearing this morning, then on Saturday and Sunday it will be mostly fine apart from some patchy drizzle about the sounds," Lockhart said.

She said that once cloud cleared this morning in Central Otago and the Southern Lakes district, tomorrow and the weekend should be fine, but there was the possibility of isolated showers.

Temperatures should reach the mid-20s.

The Press