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Anzac Day mostly clear and calm

Brett Dutschke, Wednesday April 24, 2013 - 12:37 EST

Anzac Day will be a few degrees warmer than last year for all Australian capital cities, except Perth where it looks similarly warm.

Clear and calm weather will grace this year's dawn services across a vast majority of the country, including the capitals.

Perth will be the cloudiest capital but is unlikely to see any rain. Together with Brisbane, Hobart has the highest chance of rain, but only a 15-to-20 percent chance (any shower would only be brief and light). All other capital cities have less than a five percent chance of rain falling during the dawn service.

Darwin, Brisbane and Perth will be the most comfortable of the capitals at dawn with temperatures staying above 14 degrees. Darwin will be the warmest, about 25 degrees.

It will be a fairly nippy morning in the southeast of the country with just a bit of wind chill. Canberra will be the coldest capital with a temperature of only about one degree with a chance of fog.

For the Anzac Day Marches later in the morning, the weather generally still looks pretty good.

An area of high pressure over much of the country will allow for a fairly sunny and mild day, warming up to two-to-four degrees above average for this time of year.

Only Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide have an increased risk of showers and cloud due to onshore winds gaining a bit of instability, a result of weak fronts. Brisbane has the highest chance of showers, about a 50 percent chance, at about 9am. Adelaide and Hobart have a 15-to-30 percent chance of showers later in the morning.

Later in the afternoon, when two-up and other sporting events kick off, the mostly sunny and mild weather will dominate the country. The exception is in the southeast, where a cold front will cause cloud and wind to increase.

Hobart should start to become wet and windy as a cold front gets closer. Cloud will increase in Melbourne but it is almost certain to stay dry for the traditional Collingwood-Essendon AFL game. The NRL game in Sydney between the Dragons and Roosters will be played in pure sunshine.

In New Zealand, it will be quite breezy across the country, particularly in the west where showers will be widespread. Showers will be mainly in the morning in Auckland and should clear by dawn in Wellington and only arrive in the evening in Christchurch and Dunedin.

Gallipoli in Turkey is looking mostly clear and calm and about eight-or-nine degrees just before dawn.

- Weatherzone

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