Showers, cloudy weather forecast for holiday-goers across New Zealand

Upper Hutt should turn on perfect weather for the start of the National Naturist Festival, running for seven days from Thursday at Te Marua.

With mostly cloudy conditions, a few showers and some afternoon fine breaks, the clothes-free community can afford to be reasonably sparing with the suntan lotion. 

Hopefully, the forecast high of 18degC and strong southerly winds won't prove too nippy for those celebrating the event's 60th anniversary.

Meanwhile, MetService is forecasting cloud and showers across much of the country, which could make this a day for holiday-goers to catch up on shopping or stay inside and read that book they received from Santa.

Forecasts for the main centres for Thursday, December 28 are:

Whangarei - Fine, with southwest breezes, 22degC

Auckland - Fine, apart from morning cloud and a southwesterly picking up late morning, 21degC

Hamilton - Chance of morning showers, then fine with southerly winds, 21degC

Tauranga - Fine, cloud increasing in the evening and southwesterlies, high of 23degC

New Plymouth - Fine apart from morning cloud and fresh southeasterlies at times, high of 19degC

Napier - Showers easing in the afternoon, turning to rain this evening, strong southwesterlies, high of 20degC

Palmerston North - Fine, apart from morning and evening cloud, southeast breezes, high of 18degC

Wellington - Mostly cloudy with a few showers, but afternoon fine breaks with strong southerlies, high of 15degC

Nelson - Mainly fine, with some morning cloud, light winds and sea breezes, high of 22degC

Blenheim - Fine, with some evening cloud and southeast breeze, high of 20degC

Greymouth - Fine, with easterlies turning southwest this afternoon, high of 20degC

Christchurch - Light morning showers, but otherwise fine with evening cloud and southeast breezes, high of 18degC

Queenstown - Fine, light winds and an afternoon southerly, high of 23degC 

Dunedin & Invercargill - Fine, with easterly breezes, highs of 17degC and 20degC respectively

Chatham Islands - Occasional rain, easing in the evening