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

Northwesterlies develop over the South Island today while a ridge lies over the North Island, a front moves onto the lower South Island later this evening. This front moves northwards over the country on Saturday however it weakens quite fast due to another incoming high. A ridge lies over most of the country on Sunday.


Blue – Rain about Fiordland later in the evening and for a time overnight may be heavy.

Yellow – Afternoon high’s in the mid to high 20’s for the east of New Zealand due to a northwesterly airflow.


Purple – Early afternoon gusty south to southeasterly winds push through Cook Strait and move up to coastal Taranaki in the south then easing later in the evening.

Yellow – High’s may reach into the mid 20’s for parts of the Bay Of Plenty in the afternoon.

As a front moves northwards over New Zealand on Saturday it weakens a fair amount, it will bring cloudy areas to the east of the South Island from morning, also a few morning showers or drizzle patches. A sunny start for the east of the North Island then cloud and gradually drizzle develops in the afternoon as southerlies freshen.


The best weather on Sunday looks to be the east of the South Island, perhaps a touch of high cloud, winds mainly light and afternoon high’s in the low 20’s. Sunny for the west of the North Island with winds from the southerly quarter, high’s also reaching into the low 20’s.

– 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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