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Saturday’s national forecast

A resonably sized low pressure system moves over the South Island today from west to east, associated with it is a frontal system which pushes over the country during the day. Cold south to southwesterly winds gradually push onto the lower South Island later this afternoon / evening bringing cooler temperatures.

Auckland & Northland
Periods of cloud with northwesterlies slowly building this morning and afternoon, a couple of showers move through late afternoon with a brisk westerly change.
Highs: 25-27

Waikato, Central North Island & Bay Of Plenty

Cloudy with northwesterlies building, a few showers about Bay Of Plenty
especially in the east gradually clearing around midday. Showers then rain
gradually moves in this afternoon. Heavy for a time late afternoon / evening
with possible thunderstorms. Easing back to showers later on.
Highs: 21-26

Eastern North Island

Plenty of high cloud with northwesterlies building, spells of rain move
over the Wairarapa this afternoon then further north this evening.
Highs: 27-29

Western North Island

Cloud thickening this morning with northwesterlies building, showers
develop this afternoon becoming heavy for a time with possible thunderstorms.
Gusty strong west to northwest winds this afternoon.
Highs: 22-24


Mostly cloudy with gusty north to northwesterly winds, strong towards
midday. Rain moves in this afternoon heavy for a time, northwesterlies rise to
gale occasionally then easing later this evening.
High: 21


Cloudy, rain develops later this morning becoming heavy with
northeasterlies strengthening. Rain then eases this afternoon to showers as
winds tend more northwest, showers clear by evening.
Highs: 20-21


High cloud thickens this morning, northwesterly winds strengthen rising to
gale towards midday. Rain moves in around midday with heavy falls possible then
easing this evening and clearing.
High: 21


Thickening high cloud this morning, a few spots of rain move in from the
west then clear early afternoon. Sunny areas develop with breezy NE winds
tending NW, later this afternoon a southwest change moves into South Canterbury
bringing showers possibly heavy, showers move further north during the
Highs: 22-23

West Coast

Rain this morning with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms, gusty
northeasterlies. Rain easing to showers by midday, one or two could still be
heavy with a rumble of thunder or two. Winds change southwest this evening with
showers clearing.
Highs: 18-19

Coastal Otago

Areas of rain move in this morning with breezy easterlies, winds change
southwest by evening.
High: 16

Central Otago

Showers and occasional dry spells, easterlies tend southwest this
afternoon. Showers clear overnight.
Highs: 16-17


Periods of rain with southeasterly winds, tending southerly this evening.
Rain eases later this evening to just the odd shower.
Highs: 14-15

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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