Kiwi music fans lucky as wet weather unlikely to hit Six60, Splore, Hidden festivals

Auckland music lovers are in luck as stormy conditions are expected to settle on Saturday night before temperatures plummet on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of concert-goers will be partying on Saturday night, with several events, including the sold-out Six60 concert, Splore, and the Hidden festival, taking place around Auckland.

All week people have been waiting to see what Mother Nature delivers as Cyclone Oma hung around in the Coral Sea, but it looks like everyone can breathe a sigh of relief  at least for now.

WeatherWatch is forecasting Auckland and surrounding regions will see rain that struck the city on Saturday morning clear, while strong south-westerly winds should calm for the evening.

Warm temperatures are also expected, with a potential high of 24degC for the day.

The biggest blow of wet weather will likely hit Kaikoura and Wellington, with MetService issuing a Severe Weather Watch for north-eastern parts of the South Island and a Watch for eastern regions of the North Island.

It comes after Cyclone Oma threatened the country for most of the week before loitering near Queensland, Australia.

WeatherWatch says the cyclone is now heading away from Australia in a 180-degree turn, and back towards New Caledonia, where it caused havoc earlier this week.

Kiwis may not be out of the woods all weekend, however, with a burst of heavy rain predicted on Sunday for central and eastern parts of the country.

But the main change on Sunday will be the temperatures, with some centres expected to see the mercury drop up to 8degC compared to the last few nights. Gales are also expected to follow.

On Monday night, WeatherWatch says almost all of New Zealand will be colder than what is normal in February.


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