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Saturday’s national forecast for the last day of daylight saving (+7 Maps)

Clocks fall back 1 hour overnight tonight as daylight saving ends and many parts of NZ should have a sunny end to the day to make the most of that last extra hour of end-of-day sunlight.

The forecast is for more high pressure to expand back into the NZ area bringing dry weather, however before dawn Saturday a southerly change falls apart over the North Island with a few showers, clearing away by mid morning in the east (like northern Hawke’s Bay).

Temperatures will be down in some places today and tonight – but warmer weather is moving back in on Sunday and/or Monday.

As the centre of this next high moves into northern NZ, the windy westerly set up in the south will also move in – bringing windy weather into the usual exposed areas and dangerous beach/marine conditions around Stewart Island, Fiordland and Southland.

As always, refer to your LOCAL and HOURLY forecasts for more details, wherever you are today across Aotearoa.


  • Windier weekend due to developing low pressure in the Southern Ocean and fronts extending from their centres.


  • Wind: 

Stewart Island & southern coast of Southland: Gales are possible in some exposed areas from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon (In particular, stormy conditions are expected in the remote southern part of Stewart Island from Sunday before dawn to early morning).
Canterbury & Wellington: Gales are possible in some exposed areas from late Saturday night until Monday dawn. Check your local hourly forecasts for more wind details.

1pm Saturday. This map shows a cooler southerly flow fading out over the North Island, while a westerly builds in the south – and then into Cook Strait/Wellington later on today. The cold front that moved up the South Island on Good Friday can be seen falling apart just east of East Cape.

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