Easter Monday's national forecast


A slow moving rain band will today cross the Upper North Island - starting in the west this morning and not clearing the east (East Cape) until early Tuesday morning. It's a bit patchy but in some areas it will flare up to set in widespread rain for a time. For others it may be lighter rain or even showers and dry/spells.

It's better news for farmers needing rain and those who rely on rain water tanks with below average rainfall so far in many places every month this year.

NORTH ISLAND:
Patchy rain (some dry areas) setting in across a number of upper North Island regions across today and will slowly track from west to east, clearing to showers later with light winds in many areas. A weak area of low pressure moving in also from the west means light northerly quarter winds for northern areas while in the south, like Wellington, late southerlies develop. Patchy rain and showers - along with large dry areas - are expected in the lower North Island. There may be some isolated heavy downpours today as the weak low pressure centre moves in and some possibility of a couple isolated thunderstorms.
Highs: 14 to 20

SOUTH ISLAND:
The North Island low, which is weak, will bring morning rain to the upper South Island brought in with an easterly flow through Cook Strait. Showers in Canterbury (roughly Christchurch northwards) will clear today too with a southerly flow. Settled weather across Southland, Otago, the West Coast and the southern half of Canterbury. Most remaining wet weather entirely clears the South Island by tonight.
Highs: 13 to 18

- WeatherWatch.co.nz