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De­spite be­ing a week into sum­mer, the Bay of Plenty has been hit by a spell of bad weather — and the patchy weather looks set to stay through to Christ­mas.

Thanks to a southerly that swept over the re­gion, Metser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tui McInnes said this week had been wet­ter than av­er­age.

While Metser­vice can­not ac­cu­rately fore­cast weather more than two weeks in ad­vance, it is pos­si­ble to give a rough idea about how tem­per­a­ture and rain­fall will com­pare to av­er­ages.

Look­ing at the week ahead, McInnes said the cli­mate would likely be drier than av­er­age. Com­pared to sum­mer av­er­ages, the tem­per­a­ture will stay nor­mal and likely hover around mid-20C, pos­si­bly jump­ing up to 26C.

For the week start­ing De­cem­ber 17, the at­mos­phere could be “a bit less savoury,” with a cooler tem­per­a­ture and more cloud.

How­ever, McInnes said Christ­mas looked promis­ing, as the week start­ing on De­cem­ber 24 ap­peared to be on par with av­er­ages for tem­per­a­ture and rain­fall.

“That’s prob­a­bly a good sign . . . If you’re shoot­ing for an av­er­age for the Christ­mas week, that’s not too bad.”

Niwa me­te­o­rol­o­gist Seth Car­rier said there was a high­pres­sure front sit­ting over the Tas­man Sea which would of­fer some re­prieve from the stormy bouts this week.

Car­rier said the weather this week was set to be good but there was a chance of show­ers hit­ting to­wards the end of the week start­ing De­cem­ber 17.

While it could be hard to ac­cu­rately pre­dict the weather 10 days in ad­vance, he said there were signs that things might turn a bit stormy with un­set­tled weather in the lead-up to Christ­mas.

“We’re go­ing to en­joy the good weather for the next seven to 10 Up­com­ing weather

■ To­day — Fine. South­west­er­lies. High 26C/overnight 13C.

■ To­mor­row — Fine. Light winds and af­ter­noon sea breezes. High 26C/overnight 15C.

■ Mon­day — Cloudy, show­ers de­vel­op­ing with light winds. High 26C/low 17C.

■ Tues­day — Oc­ca­sional show­ers, more fre­quent in the af­ter­noon with northerly breezes. High 22C/low 15C.

■ Wed­nes­day — A few show­ers with light winds. High 23C/low 15C.

Source: MetSer­vice days but af­ter that, things might turn a bit wet­ter,” he said.

The topsy-turvy weather is ex­pected to have an im­pact on lo­cal busi­nesses over the next month.

V8 Trike Tours co-owner Kathryn Bus­bridge said the Mount Maun­ganui-based busi­ness was largely weather-de­pen­dent.

“If it’s warm and just show­er­ing we will op­er­ate, but if it’s pour­ing with rain, like it has the last week or so, then we don’t op­er­ate,” she said.

Sum­mer was a busy pe­riod as cruise ship visi­tors made up a large por­tion of the cus­tomers. Many cus­tomers pre-booked tours, but be­cause of the change­able weather, the busi­ness did not take PHOTO / JEAN BELL

pay­ment un­til the day of the trip.

Metser­vice’s Tui McInnes said it was too early to pre­dict New Year weather, but Niwa’s Seth Car­rier said it looked “set­tled”.

The weather around Christ­mas is set to be fine de­spite the patchy lead-up.

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