A ridge lies over the upper North Island today while northwesterlies strengthen over the rest of New Zealand. A front moves onto the lower South Island later this afternoon / evening.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mainly sunny with light west to southwesterly winds. Afternoon sea breezes for eastern Northland and Bay Of Plenty.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Sunny areas and increasing cloud, west to northwesterly winds freshen from afternoon. Late evening or overnight drizzle.
Eastern North Island
Sunny with northwesterly breezes, some high cloud possible. Hot!
Thickening high cloud, overnight showers. Strengthening northwesterly winds, late gales.
Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly sunny with some high cloud, thickening from afternoon. Overnight rain possible. North to northwesterly winds strengthen.
Increasing high cloud with breezy northwesterly winds, an overnight southerly change brings showers.
Cloudy, rain moves into Fiordland this morning with heavy falls reaching North Westland in the evening. Northerlies freshen then changing southwest overnight.
Southland & Otago
Thick high cloud, afternoon rain as breezy northwesterly winds change southwest. Rain clears in the evening.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz