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Be prepared for a wet New Year’s Eve: MetService

Friday 30 December 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National, Weather

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Be prepared for  a wet New Year’s Eve: MetService
The weather outlook for New Years is not looking too cheerful.

It might pay to be prepared for rain if you’re out and about celebrating New Year’s Eve.

Cook Islands Meteorological Service forecaster Bates Manea said it was likely there would be showers on New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve had a low-pressure system that has led to a weak trough which is now hanging over us,” Manea said.

“There’s another low-pressure system coming from east of Fiji which is also due to arrive here shortly, bringing similar weather over the next few days. In general, showers are expected for New Year’s Eve.”

Earlier in the month, it was tracking to be a dry December, but Manea said the week or so of heavy rain corrected this.

“Currently, we have had about 300mm (millimetres) of rain this month, and there’s more expected over the next couple of days or so,” he said.

“It is tracking about normal, usually in December we receive anywhere between 250mm to 450mm of rain during this month.”