Fairly tame across the North Island today, a front sits over the lower South Island from early morning then slowly pushes northwards during the day. Wednesday sees a yesterdays front move over the upper South Island in the morning then onto the North Island in the afternoon, winds change west to southwest in behind. A northwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand on Thursday with a front pushing onto the West Coast overnight.
Blue – Some heavy rain affects South Westland during the day, slowly moving into North Westland overnight.
Purple – Northwesterly winds from afternoon become strong about the Cook Strait area. About the interior of the South Island northwesterly winds are likely to be strong from afternoon.
Blue – Areas of heavy rain about North Westland and Buller ease from afternoon.
Purple – Northerly winds about the top of the South Island and through Cook Strait are brisk to strong, easing in the evening.
Blue – Areas of rain about Fiordland with the odd heavy fall, pushing northwards overnight. Chance of a thunderstorm or two.
Overnight rain about Southland and Otago may be heavy.
Purple – From evening north to northwesterly winds about the top of the South Island and through Cook Strait become gusty / strong.
Gusty southerly winds develop about the lower South Island overnight, mainly near the coast.
– Please note, the idea behind this update is to focus on the main weather highlights, which is why not all regions are mentioned.
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– Aaron Wilkinson, WeatherWatch.co.nz