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Easter is upon us and Mother Nature has a different flavoured easter egg of weather for every region.  Boy, that’s a lame opener for a news story.  Got your attention though… so here it is:  Your Easter Weekend Forecast…
So what’s happening?
One big fat high over the country, a big deep low in the Southern Ocean, and two fronts – both losing their puff as they head northwards.
Your region by region forecast:
Northland/Bay of Islands:  No surprises here, it’s going to be a sunny, very warm, and mostly dry long weekend.  Some easterlies may drag in some clouds on Monday.  Ohhh scary.
Auckland/Coromandel Peninsula/Bay of Plenty/Gisborne:  High humidity and afternoon cloud build ups may produce a late heat shower on Friday, otherwise Easter starts off great.  By Sunday and Monday it could be a bit cloudy with the chance of some afternoon heat showers…nothing to worry about really.
Taranaki/Wanganui/Manawatu/Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa:  The hot weather continues, especially in the east – highs near 30 inland for Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay on Friday and Saturday.  Sunday and Monday could be cloudy for all regions, with a shower or two possible in the west…nothing to help the farmers though, sorry.
Wellington:  Warm northerly Friday.  Cool southerly Saturday with a shower or two.  Easterly with cloud on Sunday.  Showers possible with a northerly on Monday.  Make up your mind already.
Nelson/Marlborough:  Pretty much sunny – very hot on Friday, then a cooler southerly on Saturday may cloud up the skies a bit for the rest of the weekend.  Overall – 8.5/10 for camping weather…not bad for late March!
Canterbury:  Mixed bag here (that’s annoying saying…’mixed bag’) Warm nor’westers by Friday evening…great for a white wine on the deck.  The next 3 days then look partly cloudy with some wet stuff on Saturday.  Slightly cooler easterlies then kicking in – temps around the late teens maybe 20…certainly cooler than this week has been – sorry!
Otago/Southland:  Did someone say Winter? …the pending southerly change should nudge your highs down to the lower teens.  Inland the days will be warmer but overnight lows may drop to only 5 or 6 degrees.  A big shock from the recent 30+ day time highs!  Southland will be wettest, Dunedin driest.
Greymouth/West Coast:  Hmmm.  I wonder….lets go for cloudy and wet. 
Yes a bit of a messy forecast for all of New Zealand.  On the positive note, dry weather far out weighs wet weather.  The South Island’s in for a bit of a southerly chiller and the North Island could get a bit cloudy with that afternoon heating.  Best weather will be in the North Island’s northeast regions.
BY LAND:  It’s a great weekend to be travelling…no excuses for any bad driving.  Mainly dry roads, but be aware on Sunday/Monday of isolated showers right over NZ.   If you’re suffering from road rage, call Newstalk ZB and vent…don’t take it out on your car!
BY AIR:  Should be smooth flying all over the country…turbulence should be at a minimum.
BY SEA:  Might be a bit windy but the swells will be insignifcant.  Barf factor:  Relatively low.
Best place to be?:
In the garden on Sunday with your kids looking for Easter Eggs…kids don’t care what the weather’s like Mum and Dad!!



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