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InfoGraphic: The Main Weather News Highlights across NZ: Fri, Sat, Sun

A weak ridge pushes in today while a low becomes organised and deepens during the day just north / northeast of the North Island. A ridge covers the South Island on Saturday while a deep low sits just offshore to the northeast of the North Island directing in a strong southeasterly airflow. Sunday sees this low move away to the southeast while a southerly airflow covers New Zealand.


Blue – A cool morning to start for Central Otago, chance of a light frost but temperatures around 2 degrees at dawn may be more likely.

Overnight or more towards dawn on Saturday rain moves into East Cape, Coromandel and coastal parts of eastern Northland with heavy falls possible.

Purple – Overnight or perhaps more towards dawn on Saturday strong southeasterly winds develop about coastal fringe parts of the North Island in the northeast, winds may gust to gale.


Blue – Rain about East Cape, Coromandel and eastern Northland may be heavy at times then easing in the evening.

Purple – As a deep low sits just offshore to the northeast of the North Island expect strong southeasterlies for the northeastern corner of the North Island, winds gusting to gale about coastal areas. Winds also becoming strong through some central parts of the country from afternoon although only coastal.

The South Island is mainly settled under a ridge of high pressure.


Strong southerlies about East Cape ease during the day.

– Please note, the idea behind this update is to focus on the main weather highlights, which is why not all regions are mentioned. 

For specific 10 day information for your city, town, rural community or island please see the 1500 forecasts on our homepage!

– Aaron Wilkinson,


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