A cold front moves up the South Island today with some wind and rain and then a colder change behind it while over the North Island high pressure mostly holds on but the winds do pick up a bit for some.
High pressure mostly holds on until tonight meaning a mainly dry day with fairly light winds. Mainly dry but towards evening clouds will thicken in the west and showers move in, continuing at night but fading out by dawn on Easter Sunday for the most part. Westerlies pick up later in the day, strong through Cook Strait.
Highs: 18 to 26 (Hottest and sunniest in the east)
Rain will be heavy in the morning and during the day on the West Coast as the front tracks northwards. By afternoon conditions will ease and dry out on the coast as the front weakens and heads into Cook Strait area. Mostly dry elsewhere with varying amounts of cloud. Might be a shower in the east too. Much cooler for Southland and Otago and windy too.
Highs: 14 to 24 (Hottest and sunniest in the east to north east)