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After 14mm of rain, temperatures on the rise for the weekend

Press Release – MetService
This week saw some much-needed rain for most of the country, but hot and dry conditions are expected to dominate again this weekend. The Kaikoura coast got the most rainfall over Tuesday and Wednesday, with a total of 73mm. Wellington had 14mm over this same period.

MetService meteorologist Amanda De Monte said: “As the rain pushes off to the northeast of New Zealand today, warm and dry conditions are settling in over much of the country. MetService is forecasting that these conditions will continue through much of the weekend in most major centres.”

The exception is a weak cold front which approaches the lower South Island on Friday morning, bringing rain to Fiordland and southern Westland until Friday evening and reaching northern Westland on Saturday morning.

Warm evenings are expected for the TSB Festival of Light this weekend at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, while temperatures in the mid-twenties are expected for Saturday evening’s Paul McCartney concert at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.

Early Sunday morning, a second front approaches the country from the west and will bring additional rain to the west coast of the South Island. This stronger front will also bring rain to many parts of the South Island’s east coast from Sunday afternoon, and move up to affect the North Island on Monday.

For those awaiting a Christmas forecast, MetService meteorologists will be assessing the situation today and issuing a festive forecast tomorrow.

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