Dry for New Year

Believe it or not, umbrellas and tents will get a chance to dry out in South Canterbury over the next three days, according to the MetService.

The district has suffered under a "yucky spell" of wet weather since at least Christmas, but that was expected to change from today, meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.

"If you can believe it, it will dry out for New Year's," he said.

"[Today is expected to be] a nice day - 21 degrees Celsius and sunny spells - a decent day. It will be a day where people say ‘come on, let's go to the beach'."

Rain was expected to stay away, at least until Sunday, which was likely to see the return of showers throughout the day.

Mr Corbett said "unfortunately" the district was suffering through an "unsettled spell".

"We are getting weather system after weather system. Once we break that, we'll get some longer fine spells. Mother Nature has all of them in her basket and has thrown them at us all at once."

However, not everyone will be cursing the rain, he said.

"I know if you knock on the door of any farmer they will say ‘yeah, we are doing okay'. The moisture has certainly helped them a little bit."

The Timaru Herald