Will it rain on New Year's Eve?

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2013

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A low pressure system creeping across the Tasman Sea looks set to bring some rain for the final weekend of the year but, fingers crossed, it'll be gone in time for New Year's Eve celebrations.

It's due to slip onto the North Island this afternoon.

The wettest parts of New Zealand are expected to be in the north of the country with a warm, moist northerly flow set to deliver some heavier rain to parts of the Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty.

In Hamilton, the shower tap should turn on and the wind should stiffen from the northeast today.

On Sunday, the rain will be around for the morning but it should ease in the afternoon.

New Year's Eve in Hamilton should be sunny.

Not that it's a concern for most Waikato folk, who have already undergone the yearly migration to the Coromandel.

Whitianga's due for a bumpy ride as the low rolls by and forecasters are warning that the picture could change depending on the behaviour of the low.

The forecast for the Coromandel Peninsula follows a similar pattern to Hamilton, although the rain could get heavy. Again, skies should clear in time for the big knees-up on Tuesday.

MetService meteorologist John Law said they were keeping an eye on the developing area of low pressure.

"However, on New Year's Eve the weather is looking more settled with a brief ridge of high pressure pushing across the north of the country," Mr Law said.

"There are still a few days left to firm up the timing and details of the forecast, but at the moment it looks like we should see a switch over the South Island to a wetter west and a drier east," he said. 

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- Waikato Times

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