An Assortment Box of Festive Weather
Periods of rain have set in over the upper North Island with considerable rainfall totals already recorded in the gauges overnight. Over 100mm was recorded at multiple gauges in southern Coromandel as a band of heavy rain moved over the region, whilst across Auckland rainfall totals of 30-50mm where recorded in the past 12 hours.
More rainfall is expected today on the North Island and into the overnight period with Heavy Rainfall Watches and Warnings in place for districts from Northland to Hawkes Bay, including Waikato.
”The Christmas holidays are busy on the roads and people should make sure they drive to conditions to arrive safely, especially around popular holiday spots up north such as the Bay of Islands, Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel, all of which are expected to see localised heavy falls at times today,” says MetService Meteorologist James Millward.
Whilst Christmas Day is still set to be wet for the North Island, some residents of the upper North Island will see a brief reprieve during the morning after a rain band clears early. However, showers, with localised heavy and possibly thundery falls, move in late in the morning and into the afternoon.
“For Auckland and Waikato residents, a morning game of cricket is back on the cards with the sun making a brief but welcome return on Christmas morning,” continues Millward, “while the rest of the North Island should plan some indoor activities as it looks cloudy or wet for much of the day.”
Looking ahead, the rain moves off the country on Boxing Day with areas in the west of NZ the best for the beach, then by the 27th most of New Zealand is looking good. Southwesterly winds will bring plenty of sunshine right across the country with only isolated showers, mainly in eastern areas. Temperatures will cool in the South Island dropping about 10 degrees on Boxing Day.