Each day we continue the search for rain or showers over the country with RainWatch and we look at the potential of rain-bearing systems nearing the country in the short to medium term.
A few light showers are expected for Gisborne and coastal Canterbury. A few showers are also possible for Hawkes Bay.
An onshore flow will provide another chance for shower over Gisborne tomorrow and early Tuesday. Rainfall totals are expected to be very light.
The rest of the week is looking dry thanks to a large ridge of high pressure that will be sliding across the country. The only exception being Tuesday when some grey and drizzly conditions are likely across Northland. However, even here, beneficial precipitation is not likely.
Next weekend (March 16th and 17th)
High pressure will continue to control the weather over most of the country. But a frontal boundary will begin to work its way north across the Mainland on Sunday. Widespread, measurable rain is expected with this front starting sometime on Sunday. The best chances for precipitation will be about the southern half.
Next week (March 18th-22)
The front could bring some rain to the upper South Island and southeastern North Island on Monday and Tuesday. Another front is expected on Thursday which will bring another chance for rain to the South Island.