A front pushes northwards over the South Island on Friday however weakens quickly from afternoon then another cold front moves onto the lower South Island in the evening. Meanwhile the North Island is covered in a westerly airflow.
Rain for the west of the South Island on Friday morning may be heavy at times then easing from afternoon. Northwesterly winds about the inner South Island will be brisk or strong at times, perhaps gusting to gale force in exposed areas. Westerlies become quite strong with gales likely about coastal Southland from afternoon then changing strong to gale southwest late afternoon or evening.
Overall a generally dry day in the east and wet in the west although the western North Island will see areas of dry at times and perhaps some sun.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz