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Saturday’s national forecast

A northweserly airflow lies over the South Island today while a ridge sits further north connecting two large high centres either side of the North Island.

North Island
Mostly sunny for Northland and northern Auckland with some high cloud developing from this afternoon, light winds then afternoon sea breezes. Southern parts of Auckland may see a bit more cloud at times. The Coromandel and Bay Of Plenty has mostly cloudy skies and the odd shower. Waikato sees cloudy areas, risk of a shower at times also but slightly longer dry periods too.

A mix of sun and cloud for the lower western North Island, may be a shower late afternoon / evening otherwise mainly dry. Northwesterly winds. High cloud for the east coast, there may be a few spots of rain late afternoon / evening, winds from the north or northwest.

South Island
Mostly cloudy along the West Coast with early rain easing to showers, dry spells from afternoon then showers picking up again in the evening about South Westland. Winds from the northeast. High cloud for Nelson and Marlborough, dry at first then a few spots of rain move in late morning, clearing during the afternoon. Morning cloud about Canterbury may bring a few spots of rain then sun breaks through this afternoon, winds from the northwest but perhaps tending northeast about the coast this afternoon.

Early spots of rain clear for Southland / Otago then breaking to some sun and high cloud, winds from the northwest however tending breezy northeast about coastal Otago this afternoon. Later this evening a few further spots of rain move in spreading from the west.

High’s in the low to mid twenties across most of the North Island today. Mid twenties for much of the eastern South Island, getting into the late twenties for some eastern South Island spots away from the coast. The West Coast sees high’s in the mid to late teens.


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