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RainWatch: Dry for most, rain in Westland and Fiordland easing later

That sluggish cold front trying to make its way north up the South Island on Friday is fighting a losing battle and will gradually run out of puff tonight.

Some steady or heavy rain is likely in Fiordland and parts of South Westland south of the glaciers today, but further north on the Coast the falls will be lighter.

Rain there will mostly peter out by Saturday morning as that front weakens away to little more than some cloud sheets.

It’s possible that Southland and South Otago might also see a few blobs of rain this morning but overall the rest of the South Island will have a dry Friday.

As for the North Island? Well, the influence of that ridge of high pressure will ensure another dry and sunny day.

But, looking ahead, by the end of the weekend there are signs of something more in the way of rain starting to edge in to those very dry parts of the North Island.

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By Guest Weather Analyst Paul Gorman –


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