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Saturday’s national forecast

An anticyclone remains over the South Island today bringing mainly settled weather, the North Island has a southeasterly airflow. Watch for the risk of an isolated shower afternoon and evening for some northwestern parts of the North Island.

Sunny spells with southeasterly breezes, isolated showers develop during the afternoon with the chance of a heavy fall / thunderstorm or two then clearing during the evening.
Highs: 21-23


Mainly sunny with southeasterly breezes, chance of a late afternoon or
evening isolated shower then clearing.
Highs: 23-24

Bay Of Plenty, Waikato & Central North Island

Mostly sunny in the morning with cloud becoming a little more frequent
during the afternoon. Southeasterly winds. Late afternoon and evening there is
the risk of an isolated shower or two.
Highs: 21-24

Eastern North Island

Mostly cloudy with southeasterly breezes, patchy drizzle possible about
Hawkes Bay especially late afternoon and evening. Gisborne will experience
periods of rain with drizzle patches. The Wairarapa stays dry and sunny spells
may even break through from time to time.
Highs: 19-21

Western North Island

Mostly sunny with southeasterly breezes. Winds may tend westerly in the
afternoon about northern Taranaki then reverting back to the southeast later in
the evening.
Highs: 21-23


Mostly sunny with periods of cloud at times, south to southeasterly
High: 17


Sunny with light winds in the morning then afternoon northerlies.
High: 20


Mainly sunny weather with light winds at first then afternoon east to
northeast breezes.
Highs: 18-19


Morning cloud breaks to sunny spells in the afternoon. Easterlies freshen,
mainly near the coast.
Highs: 17-18

West Coast

Sunny with light winds tending southwesterly in the afternoon.
Highs: 18-19

Coastal Otago

Morning cloud breaks to sunny spells, east to northeasterly breezes.
High: 17

Central Otago

Sunny with light winds in the morning tending southerly in the
High: 21-22


Mostly sunny with light winds in the morning, afternoon sea breezes.
High: 19

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


Lee Sloper on 21/03/2014 10:13pm

I hope that anticyclone goes away soon, had enough of it. Damn well cold this morning, 2.5C with cold Katabatic drainage. Good day, just slight but cool S + easterlies now, but not to be trusted. SE anticyclones always give us problems and it is worse than ever this year. We dropped to 996 during the SE storm … in an anticyclone, then back up to 1011. Hence updrafts and the storm forming as the freezing waves came over, firing freezing air into us. Dislike being on the low pressure, stormy side of the hills attracting wind and very cold waves. Please please, not an anticyclonic winter, they’re horrible and way too cold. Rather have fronts and winter storms than that.

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