Sophie Ryan

Sophie Ryan is an NZME. News Service reporter.

Royals unable to avoid dreary weather

Photo / Isaac Davison
Photo / Isaac Davison

The royals won't be escaping the dreary weather that they've faced since the start of their tour until Sunday.

Today Wellington is foggy, overcast with some showers and MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can expect this kind of weather to follow them as they continue their tour of the country.

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Mr Corbett said the weather in Blenheim will be wet but warmer than Wellington, with a high of 18C expected tomorrow when the Duke and Duchess are in Marlborough.

"It will be a raincoat start to the day but it could get better and brighter throughout the day,'' he said.

The royals engagements of a wreath-laying ceremony, a public walk through Seymour Square and a flying day at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with Sir Peter Jackson will hopefully not be affected by the weather.

As the Duke and Duchess travel north to Auckland on Friday, patches of rain will pass across the north of the country.

However, the Duchess can leave her wool coats in Wellington, as the temperature is expected to stay in the mid-20s in Auckland and Waikato.

Mr Corbett said patches of rain would pass across Auckland on Friday which could affect the match-sailing race at the Viaduct.

Waikato can also expect some showers on Saturday and people eager to catch a glimpse of the royal couple when they do their walkabout in Cambridge might get a bit damp.

"Assistants [to the royals] will have to have umbrellas at the ready,'' Mr Corbett said.

When the royals travel south to Dunedin on Sunday they can expect some fine weather at last.

"Certainly Sunday and Monday are looking a lot better,'' Mr Corbett said.


The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arriving at Government House in Wellington. Photo / NZH

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