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Some drier weather for New Year's Eve

The sub-tropical weather system that helped bring torrential thundery downpours to a number of places over the past day or so will continue to ease away, allowing drier and more settled weather to return for the last day of the year.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,"New Year's Eve should be looking a lot drier than recent days across much of the country, after we finally get a break in the unsettled spell of weather."

An active trough moving across the country during Monday afternoon will bring a further risk of showers and thunderstorms to some areas, but New Year's Eve should be a much drier and brighter day as a weak ridge of high pressure builds across the country from the northwest.

This ridge will still be hanging on in many places at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, bringing mostly dry conditions. However, a new front will begin to bring damp weather up the west coast of the South Island by Tuesdayafternoon, followed by the chance for some 'Nature's fireworks' after dark.

This trough will bring the risk for some wet weather across many parts of the country for the first day of 2014. Skies clear briefly on Wednesday but strong northwesterlies, with heavy rain in the west, are expected to be the flavour for the remainder of the week.

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