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Friday’s headlines (x3): Two fronts head northwards, Clearing up Saturday, Weather on Sunday


Quite unsettled today with two fronts moving northwards, one an occluded front popping off the upper South Island this morning and onto the North Island meanwhile we have a strong cold front moving northwards further south.

Expect rain for western regions today, the heaviest falls will be for the West Coast. Rain for the lower South Island then showers push up the east coast this afternoon and evening with a southwest change. Thunderstorms may occur in the west, perhaps a chance for one or two to sneak up the South Island’s east coast also.

Expect very strong northerly quarter winds for the upper South Island and lower North Island till the secondary front moves through.

Warnings from Metservice can be seen here. Thunderstorm potential here.


High pressure moves in on Saturday, generally this means settled weather and there is however the North Island has morning showers, some may be heavy with thunder then easing and clearing in the afternoon.

The South Island has a few showers Canterbury through to Marlborough, perhaps Nelson too clearing in the morning then mostly sunny. The rest of the South Island is dry and mostly sunny apart from the odd light shower in Fiordland.

MSLP / Rain map – Saturday 18th March 2023 4:00pm –


A large high covers the country bringing settled weather.

North Island

Mostly sunny however in the east (Wairarapa through to Gisborne) and the northeast through to Coromandel expect a mix of sun and cloud. One or two light showers are possible for Bay Of Plenty and Coromandel. Light winds then afternoon sea breezes.

South Island

Mostly sunny, a cool start to the day about inland areas. Cloud and a few showers for Fiordland. West to southwesterly winds in the west, east to northeasterly winds in the east.

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JC on 17/03/2023 3:08am

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