An anticyclone continues to cover New Zealand today, watch once again for inland downpours / thunderstorms during this afternoon and evening. Saturday sees a northwesterly airflow start to develop over the South Island, this brings a reduced risk of heavy inland showers for the South Island but hot temperatures in the east. Sunday sees hot temperatures and northwesterlies for most of the country however a ridge lies over the upper North Island.
Blue – Isolated showers developing for inland areas of both islands in the afternoon / evening, some may contain thunderstorms / heavy falls and perhaps a risk of hail.
Yellow – High’s reaching into the low 20’s across many parts of New Zealand, perhaps the mid to even late twenties for some areas (late twenties more likely about inland Southland / Central Otago).
Blue – An end to heavy showers for the South Island on Saturday however they may brew up again about inland parts of the North Island in the afternoon bringing a risk of thunderstorms.
Yellow – Hot temperatures for eastern parts of both islands with high’s in the high twenties, perhaps even early thirties for the eastern South Island.
Temperatures reaching into the mid to late twenties for many parts of eastern New Zealand on Sunday, also for most of the North Island. Some eastern parts of the South Island will reach into the early thirties.
– 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