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Friday’s national forecast

A tropical storm and its associated storminess will stay away from us today.  High pressure will not only keep the storm well to our north, it will also try to keep our weather settled for today.  For the most part, the high will do just that.  No wild temperature swings or gale force winds or heavy rain is expected.  However, it won’t be completely dry either.

For the North Island, Northland and Auckland will deal with some morning showers.  A bit of clearing is possible this afternoon along with some light to moderate easterlies.  But a stray shower can’t be ruled out.

The west coast of the North Island south of Raglan is likely to be quite cloudy and rainy today.  A few breaks are possible this morning, but I wouldn’t count on it.  Even if breaks do develop, clouds and rain are expected to return for this afternoon and this evening.

The rest of the island is expected to dry out, and maybe even clear out a little bit.

Highs across the island should range from the upper teens to lower 20’s.

For the South Island, a few showers are possible this afternoon and this evening for the inland areas of Otago and Canterbury.  Some breaks in the clouds are possible, especially in the northern part of the island.  Otherwise look for a rather cloudy day with highs in the teens to the lower 20’s.



Sharon on 2/02/2012 11:03pm

We are heading to Nelson for a rare weekend away from the kids, and want to chill out in the sun with a book. There is an unbelievable difference between the Weatherwatch and Metservice forecasts for Nelson this weekend, any particular reason? Eg for Saturday: Metservice 23 high, cloudy and drizzle, Weatherwatch 20 high, sunny with some cloud; Sunday: Metservice 22 high, fine and sunny, Weatherwatch 18 high, cloudy with drizzle! Many thanks

WW Forecast Team on 3/02/2012 12:41am

There will always be different forecasts as we use seperate data to MetService.  Those who rely on our Auckland forecasts know this all to well!

We don’t see much in the way of rain for Nelson this weekend but there is the risk of drizzle or showers (20% on Saturday and Monday, 30% on Sunday, when the winds swing from the drier east/south east to the more humid north east.)

No signs of any big wash out for you though – but it’s all down the wind direction, even a few degrees difference in the angle could mean the difference between hot and sunny or cloudy with drizzle.  Keep a close eye on our new Nelson forecasts and fingers crossed you get that sun!

Also, please note that the forecasts we have for Nelson don’t yet have humans checking it – so the temps can sometimes be a little conservative. 

Cheers from WeatherWatch

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