Low pressure will focus its associated rainfall on the northern North Island today. The heaviest rain fell during the overnight hours for most areas north of the Waikato. Although Gisborne could still see some heavy rain into this afternoon. Government forecaster MetService has a Heavy Rain Warning in place for Gisborne. Rainfall intensities of 10 to 15 mm/hr are expected this morning.
Hawkes Bay could also see some heavy rain into early this afternoon although total accumulations aren’t expected to reach warning criteria. Rain is likely to ease to showers as we head into late afternoon.
Areas south of the Waikato should see a mainly cloudy conditions today with just a few showers possible.
On the South Island, it is very different story.
High pressure is expected to bring a dry and settled today to the SI. A few clouds will likely be found across the upper two-thirds of the Mainland. Otherwise, expect a mainly sunny sky.
Both islands will see rain chances as the weekend comes to an end. A series of boundaries approach from the west starting on Sunday. The western South Island could see rain early on Sunday. Showers could pop up on the North Island during the evening.
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By WeatherWatch.co.nz Analyst Howard Joseph