A northeasterly airflow slowly comes together over New Zealand today as a large high is centred southeast of the country in the Pacific Ocean and a low churns away in the Tasman Sea. An east to northeasterly airflow lies over the country on Saturday with a front sweeping down over the upper North Island during the day. This front connects into a low out in the Tasman Sea.
Mainly sunny for most today although some coastal cloud is still possible. Cloud really starts to increase for Northland and the Bay Of Plenty where a light shower or two may move in from afternoon. Canterbury sees some cloud especially towards evening and a light shower or drizzle patch may move in overnight.
A front starts to sweep southwards over the upper North Island during Saturday, with this front comes some heavy rain and gusty east to northeasterly winds. The strongest winds will be mostly just offshore and about exposed eastern coastlines. Fairly cloudy elsewhere for eastern parts of New Zealand while out west is sunnier, some high cloud also possible especially for the lower North Islands western side.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz