The North Island will have a settled and mostly sunny day as a ridge takes control of the weather extending out from an anticyclone east of New Zealand, southeasterly winds will tend more east to northeast as the day progresses. In the morning there may be a few showers about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne however they will clear then sunny breaks will increase, there may also be some cloud to start about Northland however it should also clear.
Conditions for fog about the Waikato and Central North Island are good overnight Friday into Saturday, there is a chance it may get into Auckland but it’s a bit touch and go there at this stage.
In the South Island cloud will spread north along the West Coast during the day tomorrow with drizzle in Fiordland from afternoon, northeasterly breezes increase. On the east coast conditions will be mostly sunny with some cloud particularly in the morning, northeasterly breezes will be quite brisk however especially in Canterbury. The spots to be will most likely be Nelson and Southland which should have another cracker of a day with temperatures in the mid teens, a little cloud may drift into Nelson from evening.
Saturday will herald the return of a northwesterly airflow over the South Island, meaning warm temperatures return for the east. On Sunday the warm temperatures should move to the east coast of the North Island also.
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By weather analyst Aaron Wilkinson, WeatherWatch.co.nz