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Saturday’s national forecast

A ridge brings increasingly settled weather to the South Island today however from afternoon a front pushes onto the far south. A strong south to southeasterly airflow eases over the North Island during the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning rain or showers then some afternoon sun breaks through. South to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 14-15

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Any morning showers clear then becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon, cool south to southeasterly winds. There may be a few morning snow flurries about the Central Plateau down to 400m.
Highs: 7-12

Eastern North Island
Showers ease during the day, clearing in the evening. Gusty cold southerly winds die out later in the day. Snow flurries lower to 400m before clearing.
Highs: 10-12

A few morning showers (chance of a flurry or two down to 400m, perhaps even 300m, must be stressed though that at this level flurries will be minor), some afternoon sun may break through. Gusty southerlies die out by evening.
High: 11

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny, breezy southerlies ease dying out around midday then winds tend onshore in the afternoon.
Highs: 13-15

Early showers clear (mainly coastal) then becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon with south-westerly winds dying out, overnight cloud moves in again with a few showers as southwest winds freshen.
Highs: 10-13

West Coast
Sunny with light winds tending westerly in the afternoon, there may be some cloud later in the evening.
Highs: 11-14

Southland & Otago
Mostly sunny, showers move into Southland around midday then Otago late afternoon or evening as westerlies change fresh southwest. Showers clearing up overnight.
Highs: 11-13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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