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Saturday’s national forecast

Updated 7am — Calm for many to begin with but a brisk to gusty southwesterly airflow spreads further over New Zealand today, a cold front moves onto the lower South Island later this evening.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning rain (possibly heavy) in Northland then easing to increasing dry weather & sunny spells. Elsewhere the forecast has brightened up a bit with only a few showers moving in at this stage. Calm at first but SW winds pick up today and cool southwesterly winds don’t ease until evening.
Highs: 14-16

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Showers, a chance some could be heavy. Southwesterlies tend westerly by evening, winds strong about Taranaki.
Highs: 13-14

Eastern North Island
Rain, possibly heavy about Gisborne this afternoon then clearing overnight. Cool southwesterly winds.
Highs: 12-17

The odd shower, clearing overnight. Southerly winds.
High: 11

Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly cloudy, a few showers move through in the afternoon. Southwesterly winds.
Highs: 12-14

Fairly cloudy (mainly in the form of thick high cloud). Cool southwesterly winds die out in the evening.
High: 11

West Coast
A mix of mid and high level cloud, cloud a bit thicker Greymouth northwards with the chance of a shower or two. Rain moves in overnight. Southwesterly winds.
Highs: 10-12

Southland & Otago
Mainly sunny with some morning high cloud clearing away, a cold evening southwest change brings rain, not moving into Otago till overnight. Some snow may fall to 400m for a time. Clearing overnight for Southland.
Highs: 9-10

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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