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Saturday’s national forecast

A slow moving front pushes over the North Island today bringing some rain or showers to most regions for a time, dry for Wellington however. Over the South Island expect a westerly quarter airflow, some rain in the west, showers about Southland and Otago for a time.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Early rain eases to showers and sunny spells, a heavy downpour and thunderstorm possible afternoon and evening however. Rain clears later in the evening as northwesterlies change southwest.
Highs: 21-24

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Rain, clearing early afternoon for most although not clearing the Central North Island till evening. Sunny areas breaking through after rain clears. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-20

Eastern North Island

Cloudy with gusty northwesterly winds, the odd spot of rain possible then in the afternoon and evening a band of rain moves through on a southwest change. Rain clears later on.
Highs: 24-26


Morning cloud breaks to afternoon sunny areas, breezy Nor’West winds.
High: 18

Marlborough & Nelson

Mostly sunny after any morning cloud clears away, light winds picking up from the northwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 24-25


Mainly sunny with northwesterly winds picking up in the afternoon, an evening southwest change brings some cloud and cooler temps.
High: 21-22

West Coast

Rain about South Westland spreads into North Westland during the afternoon, gusty northwesterly winds. A southwest change gradually follows through with rain clearing later in the day.
Highs: 15-16

Southland & Otago

Showers for Southland and inland Otago in the morning, sunny areas for coastal Otago. Then some afternoon rain for most as northwesterly winds change strong west to southwest, easing in the evening.
Highs: 13-18

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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