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Saturday’s national forecast

A southwesterly flow is continuing to establish itself over the country today.  That will keep our weather unsettled today in most areas. Analyst Howard Joseph says rain and wind spread onto the lower and central North Island overnight and that will continue to work its way north.

Mr Joseph notes that Hawkes Bay and Gisborne may be able to dodge the rain drops today.  In fact, Gisborne may actually see a decent amount of sunshine and possibly even hit 20 for a high.  But the rest of the North Island will see showers, gusty winds and chilly temps.  Most areas should top out in the mid-teens.  All in all, it does not look like a favourable day for hanging out the laundry on the NI.  The only exception being; Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

The South Island will see a well-established southwest flow keep things cool and rainy for the western and southern regions. Analyst Aaron Wilkinson says that wind chill could be a factor for livestock as gusty winds combine with cold temperatures about Southland and the Catlins.

Mr Wilkinson also says that Christchurch can expect a sunny start to Saturday and temperatures will like warm into the mid-teens early.  However, the southwest change should move in around midday and temperatures should begin to fall.


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