Rain clouds are clearing over the North Island as we head into the afternoon. As of 11am a band of rain over Northland was almost completely offshore but a band of isolated heavy showers will be moving in across Northland over the next few hours.
There are few showers and drizzle patches moving over the ranges across the eastern North Island but apart from that skies are mostly clearing.
In the South Island some showers are brushing Southland and Stewart Island. They aren’t expected to get any worse.
As the day progresses cloudy skies are likely to give way to sunny, dry, weather.
Two words sum up this weekend: ‘Hot’ and ‘Sunny’. That’s the latest national forecast from the Weather Watch Centre today as a large high moves in from the Tasman giving the nation yet another weekend of summer weather.
“Just about all regions will have hot, still, dry and sunny weather this weekend” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “Whether you’re having a Christmas Party, heading to the beach, out on the boat or firing up the barbie, this weekend looks set to be an outdoors one”.
Of course with a country that is well known for having changeable conditions the forecast isn’t perfectly straight forward. “There could be some lingering early showers across East Cape on Saturday and some coastal cloud in eastern areas. By Sunday a front approaching the South Island’s west coast will move cloud in and northerlies are going to pick up in the south and east of the South Island”.
But Mr Duncan says most towns and cities will have mainly settled weekend.
The Weather Watch Centre says temperatures should lie between 18 and 25 with the majority of regions in the lower 20s.
The forecast for Friday is pretty much dry in the South and wet in the North. A ridge of high pressure is already pushing over the South Island while a weak front moves up the North Island.
Western areas of the North Island will have patchy rain, showers or drizzle at some period during the day with most of it clearing during the afternoon or evening. With morning heat and high humidity in northern areas, especially central areas like Rotorua and Bay of Plenty, there may be some heavy showers during the afternoon.
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on 4/12/2008 8:44pm
It’s been raining steadily up here in Whangarei most of the night, what I would call summer rain, no wind and balmy temps. Very pleasant really.
Would you have any prediction on how long it will continue seeing as you are forecasting a good weekend mainly all over most of NZ, we have a big A & P show starting tomorrow so hoping it may be fine again by then after such a glorious weeks weather.
This band of rain seems to have snuck in as my last sattelite check on Metvuw last night only gave the impression of overcast with maybe a shower or two.
Thanks for great reading this morning, always enjoy and thanks for your responses, nice to have real people with whom you can talk to at a weather site, certainly unique in my book.
on 4/12/2008 9:24pm
The rain should ease very shortly in Whangarei but heavy showers are possible this afternoon – but they wont be as widespread as this mornings rain.
Tomorrow’s still looking good weatherwise.
And not a problem at all answering your questions. Next year we’re hoping to add a new Questions section. Just takes time to develop when there are hundred other ideas on the go!
on 4/12/2008 8:18pm
Thank you for your wonderful site. I try to come here every day, and more when the weather gets exciting. Thank you for all the positive changes. This site is just getting better and better!