Southwesterlies lie over New Zealand today with a ridge pushing in later on. Saturday sees our brief lasting ridge slip away to the east then a large and deep low moves towards the western side of New Zealand later in the day / overnight. This low crosses over the South Island on Sunday moving from west to east, a southwesterly airflow spreads over the country once the low passes out to the east.
Blue – Showers about the western North Island may be heavy with thunderstorms and hail this morning then easing away. About the east coast (especially the ranges) heavy showers with possible thunderstorms and hail may develop this afternoon then clearing away in the evening.
Early heavy showers about Marlborough / Nelson ease.
Blue – Heavy rain moves into the West Coast of the South Island from evening, thunderstorms possible overnight especially for North Westland.
Purple – Strong to gale north to northeasterly winds develop about coastal parts of the upper South Island later in the evening / overnight. A similar situation for the western North Island.
Yellow – Temperatures reaching into the mid 20’s for a time in the afternoon about the eastern North Island.
Blue – A front crossing over the upper North Island in the morning may bring some heavy rain then easing.
Areas of heavy rain across the South Island ease in the evening. While most parts of the South Island see rain the regions marked below show the heaviest areas at this stage.
Purple – Northerlies about the upper North Island in the east ease by midday. Strong southwesterlies spread over the South Island around midday with gales about coastal areas. Strong west to northwesterly winds push into the lower North Island in the west and through Cook Strait, easing late afternoon / evening. Brisk to strong southwesterlies expected about the upper North Island in the west from afternoon.
Yellow – Temperatures may get into the mid 20’s about Hawkes Bay / Gisborne for a time in the afternoon.
– 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