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A warm start to the new decade

A warm start to the new decade

Posted December 30, 2019
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“A large area of high pressure over the Tasman Sea builds a welcome ridge of high pressure over Aotearoa from New Year’s Eve onwards,” comments MetService meteorologist Andy Best, “with warm temperatures expected in most regions, but especially for those in the north and east.”

Conditions are forecast to be mostly fine and settled on New Year’s Eve, although any coastal showers from Gisborne to Wairarapa and drizzle patches about the Canterbury Plains will clear early. The remainder of the country sees a few early morning clouds then a fine sunny day.

New Year’s Day sees continued settled weather, with light winds for most places.The North Island stays fine and settled, apart from a few cloudy areas in the west. Masterton can expect a high of 31C, with 29C for Kerikeri, Tauranga and Rotorua regions.