New Year's Eve weather: Clear skies and a balmy night for revellers

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Newstalk ZB / NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 31 Dec 2019, 10:23AM
Bream Bay, pictured looking towards Whangarei Heads. Photo / Michael Cunningham

New Year's Eve weather: Clear skies and a balmy night for revellers

Author
Newstalk ZB / NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 31 Dec 2019, 10:23AM

A beautiful night is expected for New Year's Eve, with mild temperatures and clear skies.

Those in Auckland can expect a fine day with some morning cloud, light winds and sea breezes, MetService reports.

A high of 24C is expected by mid-afternoon before the mercury drops to 18C at midnight.

At some of the holiday spots near the Bay of Islands and Whangarei Heads, people can enjoy a slighter warmer day (25C) before evening cloud cools the night.

MetService predicts another warm afternoon in Taupo, where temperatures will reach 25C by the early evening. Party goers in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui can expect a balmy night with 19C forecast when the clock strikes midnight.

In Napier temperatures will be a little cooler. A southwest wind and high of just 21C are forecast today by MetService.

Queenstown and Wanaka will welcome a warm evening as temperatures at 6pm in Queenstown are expected to be 26C and 20C by 10pm, MetService forecasts.

Conditions are expected to be hot and dry to tomorrow as a large ridge of high pressure off the west coast and a warm front approaches the South Island to start 2020.

MetService predicts temperatures will be well above average for almost every major centre around the country for this time of year.