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The longest day

The longest day

While the northern hemisphere chills beneath wintry conditions, here in the South Pacific we are experiencing our longest day. Today is the summer solstice, the time of year when the South Pole is at its closest inclination to the Sun, resulting in over 14 hours of possible daylight for parts of New Zealand. With plenty of cloud-free sky across the country, there will be some spots that get to enjoy a full day of midsummer sunshine, especially across the north of the country. To stay sun safe this summer, you can find Sun Protection Alert information on the forecast pages of

The chocolates in the advent calendar continue to disappear at an alarming rate, but as we head closer to Christmas Day the forecast across much of the country is looking dry with sunny spells.

"For much of New Zealand it looks settled and warm for Christmas Day," MetService Meteorologist John Law said. "There will still be some areas of cloud, especially across the Far North, eastern coastlines and lower North Island. However, these should break to leave some sunny intervals. "Although the outlook is dry, isolated afternoon showers are forecast to spring up over central parts of both islands and cloudier, wetter weather is forecast to push onto the West Coast. If you are planning on taking a post-lunch tramp into the ranges on Christmas Day, keep an eye on the rain radar - there might just be a few showers bubbling up here and there," Law said.

Throughout the year MetService provides forecasts for many different people and organisations, including those that will be working through the Christmas holidays to help keep Kiwis safe and well. A very Merry Christmas from the team here at MetService, especially to those working on shift over this festive period. Nga mihi o te wa me te Tau Hou.

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