Three days out, the forecasters say NYE will be crap, what do you reckon?

We are three days out from New Year’s Eve.

The weather forecasters are predicting rain and more rain, and a rubbish night.

The chance of perfect summer weather to welcome the arrival of 2015 is looking unlikely throughout most of the country, with the best chance possibly in the east of the lower North Island.

MetService is predicting a run of sunny, warm days with highs in the mid-20 degrees Celsius for Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, including on December 31. Rain is expected to arrive sometime on the first day of the New Year. The key to a good night may be the timing of the weather’s flip to the bad side.

For Auckland and the traditional party spots of the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula MetService is predicting an end to the sun with rain and northerlies to arrive sometime on Wednesday, lasting into Thursday. Hamilton may be a better bet, with no rain predicted in the Waikato centre until the first day of 2015. ?

Revellers planning to see in 2015 in Northland will be hoping the forecasters change their tune in the next few days. For now rain with northerlies are being predicted for much of the region on December 31, although Whangarei is shown as only cloudy, with rain throughout Northland by Thursday.

Rain is predicted for New Plymouth on Wednesday and Thursday, while Wellington is expected to be dry on New Year’s Eve, with showers the next day.

Nelson’s reputation as a warm, dry holiday mecca is on the line, with MetService predicting rain on Wednesday, although by Thursday the outlook is showing just a few showers. The outlook is similar for Marlborough and Kaikoura, although the worst of the rain could be gone by midnight on December 31.

Rain on Wednesday with morning showers on Thursday is the prediction for the Canterbury Plains, including Christchurch, as well as for North Otago, Dunedin and Southland.

Even Central Otago is expected to have some rain on December 31, although MetService is showing clouds but no showers for January 1.

Rain suits me just fine…less fools letting off fireworks or drunks trying to outwit waves on the beach.

What do you reckon…chance it for a party or listen to weather forecasters?


– Fairfax