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Saturday’s national forecast

A strong southwesterly airflow lies over the country today, generally dry in the east with cloud and showers in the west. Dunedin southwards in the east sees showers however and cold temperatures.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Mostly cloudy with breezy west to southwesterly winds, chance of a shower or two. The Bay Of Plenty may see more sunny areas in the morning.
Highs: 14-16

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Mostly cloudy with westerly winds, strong after midday with winds gusting to gale at times near the coast. The odd shower or two also otherwise mainly dry.
Highs: 12-14

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny with gusty westerly winds, especially afternoon. Strong westerlies about the Wairarapa from afternoon also with winds possibly gusting to gale at times.
Highs: 15-17


Mostly sunny with westerly winds building in the afternoon and becoming strong. Winds may gust to gale at times.
High: 14

Marlborough & Nelson

Mostly sunny with gusty westerly quarter winds, cloud a little more frequent about Nelson from afternoon.
Highs: 14-16


Mostly sunny with breezy westerly quarter winds.
High: 14

West Coast

Mostly cloudy, showers move in late morning for most although about Fiordland expect more consistent rain from morning. Snow about the Fiordland mountains to 300m in the morning then lifting to 800m in the afternoon.
Highs: 11-12

Southland & Otago

Wintry showers with low level snow flurries first thing, snow lifting to 800m around midday. Showers ease later in the evening. Winds strong from the west or southwest gusting to gale at times after midday about Southland and coastal Otago.
Highs: 9-11

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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