UPDATED 12:57pm --- Downpours are developing and spreading south today as a low in the Tasman Sea helps feed a humid sub-tropical airflow over parts of New Zealand.
Sunday afternoon will see large dry areas in the upper North Island but downpours in Northland should spread further into the Auckland region.
Upper North Island
Mostly cloudy with areas of rain or drizzle, big dry periods likely. From evening there may be the odd isolated heavy fall, this is more likely just offshore but could come on land at times. Breezy east to northeasterly winds.
Lower North Island
Updated 1pm --- A few light showers are popping up around Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and north Waikato as we head through Saturday afternoon while the main rain band out in the Tasman Sea is brushing Nelson where heavy falls are possible later today.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A low in the Tasman Sea is drifting closer to New Zealand as we head into the weekend and much of the country will be affected by it at some point, even if just humid cloudy weather.
A low slowly brews in the Tasman Sea and approaches the west of the country today, this low still sits out to the west on Saturday however it shunts north a little in the Tasman Sea as some frontal activity affects the North Island. Breezy northeasterlies lie over the country on Sunday.
A low slowly brews in the Tasman Sea and approaches the west of the country on Friday.
For the upper North Island expect sunny areas and thickening high cloud, there may be a touch of fog to start about the Waikato. Showers about the Bay Of Plenty clear away during the afternoon then high cloud thickens.
Anticyclonic conditions for New Zealand today with an easing southwesterly airflow. A low slowly brews in the Tasman Sea and approaches the west of the country on Friday, this low still sits out to the west on Saturday however it shunts north a little in the Tasman Sea as some frontal activity affects the North Island.