InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Saturday / Sunday

Low pressure sits west of the country on Saturday meanwhile a large high sits out to the east, both systems combine to direct a northeasterly airflow over New Zealand. Sunday sees a slack pressure gradient form over the country bringing fairly settled conditions however there is still some rain activity for the South Island's West Coast and for Northland.

For the North Island conditions are mainly dry on Saturday however there is the chance of a morning shower for some northeastern regions. Northern parts of Northland sees the odd shower continue for much of the day. For the South Island rain continues in the west with the chance of a heavy fall or two, drier out east although a shower or two may sneak in at times especially inland.

Mainly settled for the North Island on Sunday, northern parts of Northland sees some rain with even the chance of a heavy fall at times. Mainly dry for the South Island's East Coast, a few showers move into Southland and Otago during the afternoon / evening however. Rain continues at times along the West Coast.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson -