Forecast for Ed Sheeran has rain and thunderstorms in store

Ed Sheeran
Rain is expected at all of Sheeran's shows. Photo credit: Getty

Ed Sheeran is making his way to the country for a series of record-breaking concerts, but the forecast is not looking so perfect for his arrival. 

The 'Shape of You' hitmaker is performing in March 24, 25 and 26 in Auckland, and then in Dunedin on March 29 and 31.

Mt Smart Stadium is open-air and concert-goers should be prepared to take ponchos and rain jackets to keep dry, with MetService predicting showers all three Auckland nights, along with possible thunderstorms on Saturday evenings. 

Mt Smart Stadium
Mt Smart Stadium Photo credit: Supplied

For Dunedin residents, the forecast is looking similarly grim. Rain is predicted for both Thursday 29 and Saturday 31, with some strong winds to seal the deal. However the Forsyth Barr location has the added bonus of a retractable roof, meaning concert-goers might get to stay a touch drier. 

Both venues ask that attendees leave their umbrellas at home, as they're prohibited.

While ticket holders will be crossing their fingers for clear skies, rest assured the concert will go ahead no matter what the weather. 

Earlier this year, Adele broke records by performing three sold-out shows at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium. Her Sunday night show had bucketing rain, meaning the superstar donned a poncho and sang as makeup ran down her face, something Sheeran won't have to worry so much about. 

Sheeran now has 14 scheduled dates in total - making him the joint title-holder of the most stadium shows on a single Australian and New Zealand tour, sharing the record with AC/DC's 2010 tour.

"I'm overwhelmed with the response, to match that record is very humbling. I really can't wait to get down there," he said in an earlier statement.  

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