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Saturday’s national forecast

A front moves northwards over the South Island today then onto the lower North Island overnight, a breezy to strong northwest airflow ahead of the front then changing cooler southwest once it moves through.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Sunny areas and increasing cloud, chance of a late evening or overnight shower. Bay Of Plenty sees drizzle from evening. Northerly winds.
Highs: 21-22

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Cloudy areas with the odd shower possible, rain moves in later in the evening or overnight. Breezy north to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 18-21

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny with northwesterly winds, becoming gusty about southern Wairarapa. Some high cloud thickens from evening.
Highs: 22-25


Becoming mostly cloudy in the morning, chance of the odd shower then some rain develops later in the evening or overnight. Strong northwesterly winds.
High: 19

Marlborough & Nelson

High cloud thickens from morning, north to northwesterly winds gusty at times after midday. Overnight showers with a southerly change.
Highs: 19-22


Thick high cloud with a few spots of rain possible. Northwesterly winds, gusty at times especially inland. Mid afternoon a southwest change pushes into South Canterbury reaching North Canterbury by evening bringing showers.
Highs: 22-24

West Coast

Rain with heavy falls spreading northwards during the day, heavy falls reach North Westland around midday. Easing later in the evening as northwesterly winds change southwest.
Highs 16-17

Southland & Otago

Morning rain eases then clears to a few sunny areas, showers move in late afternoon or evening, possibly heavy with a risk of hail. West to southwesterly winds become gusty later in the day.
Highs: 13-16

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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