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A short week, looking ahead with Anzac Day on the horizon

The start of this shorter working week sees a ridge over most of the country today then tomorrow and Thursday a weak front moves through from the southwest, finally Anzac day is looking a little wet out west while eastern regions experience nicer weather.

For today’s weather check out this mornings forecast here.

Tomorrow a ridge lies over the North Island while northwesterlies increase over the South Island ahead of a front that moves onto Southland and Otago in the afternoon.
Mostly sunny weather across the whole of the North Island with light winds, late cloud moves into southwestern regions from Taranaki through to Wellington. Northerlies pick up about Wellington during the day too.

Northwesterlies develop across the South Island with high cloud gradually thickening in the east, a few spots of rain about Canterbury later in the evening. Along the West Coast rain moves into Fiordland
in the morning then moves up to North Westland in the evening. Thick high cloud
with morning spots of rain about Southland then afternoon for Otago.

A northwesterly airflow lies across most of the country on Thursday however it isn’t particularly strong. Wednesday’s now weakening front moves onto the North Island during the day. Cloudy or becoming cloudy in the
morning for all regions west of the Hawkes Bay / Gisborne ranges. A few showers
move through in the afternoon then clear at night. High cloud along the east
coast with light northwesterlies and warmer temperatures.

Morning cloud along the South Island’s east coast breaks to sunny spells, southerly winds tend easterly or northeast in the afternoon. Any early showers clear on the West Coast however remaining mostly
cloudy with northwesterly winds, showers move in again overnight. Southland sees
morning cloud break to sunny spells, light winds at first then northwesterlies
from evening. Light northwesterlies about Nelson with morning high cloud
clearing to mostly sunny conditions.

A front lines up in the Tasman Sea on Anzac Day with north to northwesterly winds increasing across the country before it moves over later in the day. For the North Island expect showers developing in the west with increasing
northwesterlies, Northland may stay relatively dry though. The east coast sees
mostly sunny conditions with late high cloud, northwesterlies pick up during the
day. Wellington has strong northwesterlies with mostly cloudy skies, showers
move in during the evening.

There is some suggestion in models that showery weather may hold off till after midday about western parts of the North Island on Friday so if this holds true it will work out well for dawn services.

Increasing northwesterly winds for the east coast of the South Island, high cloud thickens. Southerlies freshen
about Southland and Otago in the afternoon bringing showers which then move into
Canterbury during the evening. Rain on the West Coast eases to showers in the
evening as southerlies move through, showers clear overnight.

A quick sneak peak at the weekend shows rain or showers clearing up for most of the
South Island early in the morning on Saturday then mostly sunny weather by
midday, temperatures won’t be very warm through and frosts look possible
overnight for inland areas. Morning showers clear the lower North Island while
about the upper North Island (mainly from Northland across to Gisborne) showers
develop in the morning and hang about for much of the day.

Sunday looks good for the South Island after a cool start, late drizzle may move onto the
West Coast and a front moves onto Southland and Otago in the evening bringing
some cloud and drizzle. The North Island is looking good weather wise although
there may be clearing showers in the morning in that stretch from Northland
through to Gisborne, sunny areas then increase with light winds.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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