Saturday's national forecast

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Strong cold southwesterlies lie over New Zealand today, a front pushes over the North Island this morning then moving off to the northeast this afternoon.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Showers with brisk westerlies, winds change strong southwest around midday. Some sun possible from afternoon.
Highs: 13-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Morning rain (and some brief snow to 500m) eases to showers which clear around midday then expect sunny spells, winds gusty from the southwest. Showers may hang on about Taranaki till evening.
Highs: 10-13

Eastern North Island
Some morning rain and snow to 500m develops with a gusty southwest change, clearing around midday and becoming mostly sunny.
Highs: 11-13

Morning showers and snow flurries to 400m easing, there may be a shower or two continue for the rest of the day, showers will be more in the east. Sunny spells otherwise with gusty Southerlies.
High: 10

Marlborough & Nelson
Any early showers clear then mainly sunny, breezy cold southwesterly winds.
Highs: 11-12

The odd coastal shower with snow flurries to 300m on Banks Peninsula, easing overnight. Dryer further inland with cloudy areas and occasional sun. Strong cold southwesterly winds, gales about the coast especially afternoon onwards.
High: 6-8

West Coast
Any early showers clear then becoming mostly sunny, breezy cold southwesterlies ease later in the evening.
Highs: 10-11

Southland & Otago
Showers and snow flurries to low levels (100 to 200m) easing later this afternoon, only the odd shower remains with the snow level lifting to 300m in the evening. Showers mostly clearing in the evening although continuing through the night about coastal Otago. Brisk cold southwesterly winds ease overnight.
Highs: 6-7

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson -