New Year's Eve revellers told to expect 'curveball' weather

New Year's Eve revellers told to expect 'curveball' weather
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Metservice is warning New Year's Eve revellers that the weather is expected to 'bring a few more curveballs' around New Zealand.

Those celebrating the end of 2020 in Wellington and Auckland are expected to have clear skies for fireworks displays with fine weather and a lack of wind predicted.

However, Metservice meteorologist Kyle Lee says the eastern North Island and West Coast may experience some showers, and rain is predicted in the lower South Island.

"Increased moisture at the surface and daytime heating will mean convective showers are expected over inland South Island during Thursday," Lee said.

Lee said the upper South Island, including Nelson and the coastal Canterbury region, should remain dry but there could be high cloud cover over Christchurch on New Year's Eve.

Temperatures have been below average for this time of year but Metservice is forecasting that they should start recovering.

"The fine weather and the lack of southerly winds over the lower South Island means Alexandra is forecast to reach 28C today, and areas in Southland will be four to five degrees above their average for this time of year at 23C," Lee said.