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More Pre-Christmas Rain


More Pre-Christmas Rain

MetService meteorologists are forecasting more pre-Christmas rain as a depression nudges northern parts of the country.

Rain is forecast to spread southwards across much of the North Island on Tuesday and Wednesday, with heavy falls possible in eastern Northland and the hills and ranges of Coromandel, eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, and Hawke's Bay.

"This rain will be welcomed by some farmers," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "The coast between Napier and Gisborne is now the driest part of New Zealand, with Gisborne airport reporting only 14 millimetres so far this month and Napier airport 16 mm."

For some parts of New Zealand, the weather outlook for Christmas Day remains uncertain. "It all depends on how quickly this depression heads towards the Chathams", said Mr. McDavitt. "While it's unlikely to be windy in most places, it may not be all that settled. We will have a clearer idea on Tuesday."

On Tuesday 23 December, MetService will be issuing another news release covering weather for the Christmas period. Holiday makers should check the latest weather updates before travelling.


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