A large low moves onto the lower South Island during today. A northwesterly airflow around the top of this low brings wet weather to much of western New Zealand and drier weather out east, some rain may spill eastwards at times however with the passing of a front.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
The odd shower, late afternoon / evening rain with a chance of heavy falls and thunderstorms. Breezy north to northwesterly winds.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
A few showers then rain pushes in by midday bringing a chance of heavy falls and thunderstorms, rain eases in the evening as northerlies tend more northwest.
Eastern North Island
Conditions are mainly dry with increasing high cloud, winds from the north. From afternoon a few spots of rain may start spreading into the Wairarapa, this risk increases in the evening then pushes northwards into Hawkes Bay and Gisborne overnight.
Areas of rain, more so from midday with possible thunderstorms. Gusty northerly quarter winds.
Marlborough & Nelson
Cloudy with some rain, heavy about Nelson and the Sounds. Rain eases late afternoon or evening (clearing about Marlborough) as northeasterly winds tend northwest.
Thick high cloud, the odd spot of rain possible. Breezy northeasterly winds.
Rain with north to northeasterly winds.
Southland & Otago
Plenty of high cloud, a few spots of rain possible otherwise mainly dry. Northeasterly winds.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz