Weather turns sour across New Zealand: But will it last till Christmas?

Those warm, sunny days across New Zealand have been replaced by wind and rain, but there's a good chance it won't last till Christmas. 

Rain and showers are forecast for the North and South Island on Thursday, according to Weather Watch. And that weather could continue over the weekend. 

Weather Watch's 'Big Picture' for Thursday depicts showers over most of the country. The Waikato and Bay of Plenty may even get thunderstorms which are expected to ease in the afternoon. 

The wet weather will continue into Friday, MetService says, with the brunt of it hitting the east coast of the South Island, and Auckland and Northland in the North Island. 

And Saturday's not looking much better. 

Auckland and Northland are set to receive "possibly heavy and thundery" rain, according to MetService, which will spread to the Bay of Plenty. There will also be periods of rain in the east of the South Island. 

But the question everyone wants to know: Can we expect better weather for Christmas? 

By Sunday, it looks like things will be clearing up a bit. There will be "scattered" and "light" showers across the country, MetService says, and the weather outlook could likely improve from there on. 

However, Weather Watch's Christmas Day forecast has a warning for the north. 

"While most of New Zealand looks set to have a dry Christmas Day, a potential low/rainmaker in the north is one to monitor," it says. 

"On Christmas Eve a new low may move in around Bay of Plenty (offshore) and hug the north east corner of the North Island as we head into Christmas Day."

It all comes down to a high in the Tasman Sea and if it can push the low away in time for a dry Christmas Day on Tuesday. 

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