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

An anticyclone brings mainly settled weather to New Zealand today however unstable conditions develop for some North Island areas in the afternoon. A ridge brings mainly settled conditions on Friday in the north meanwhile a weak front pushes northwards over the South Island during the day. A low positions itself north of the North Island on Saturday directing in a southeasterly airflow meanwhile an anticyclone sits over the South Island.


Blue – Heavy showers with possible thunderstorms developing this afternoon for some parts of the North Island, easing later in the evening.

Yellow – Afternoon high’s reaching towards the mid twenties for the lower South Island.


Yellow – A warm day for many North Island regions on Friday, most will get into the low twenties with an area in the northeast possibly getting into the mid twenties.

Most upper South Island areas will get into the high teens or low twenties, a small chance of temperatures approaching the mid twenties about inland Buller and perhaps Nelson.

A weak front pushes northwards over the South Island bringing the chance of a morning shower for Southland / Otago then some cloud builds from afternoon in Canterbury.


As a southeasterly airflow increases on Saturday expect patchy light showers or drizzle for the eastern North Island for much of the day. Showers for Northland with areas of rain brushing eastern coastal areas including Great Barrier Island and northern parts of Coromandel. A warm afternoon in the west Waikato southwards through to Taranaki where high’s will be in the low to mid twenties.

Morning cloud in the east of the South Island breaks to a mostly sunny afternoon.

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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