Upper North Island
Lower North Island
In the west morning cloud breaks to sunny areas and increasing high cloud, north to northwesterly winds strengthen during the day. Strong winds in exposed coastal areas from evening. Wellington sees gales at times from midday. In the evening cloud thickens, showers then rain moves in late evening / overnight. Along the east coast expect mostly sunny weather and warm temperatures, northwesterlies freshen about the Wairarapa from morning then further north in the afternoon, winds become strong in the evening.
Upper South Island
Cloudy along the West Coast with patchy drizzle turning to rain in the afternoon then becoming heavy by evening, northerly winds strengthen during the day then later in the evening or around midnight a westerly change moves in with rain easing to showers. Sunny areas and thickening high cloud along the east coast, strong north to northwesterly winds inland spread to the coast by afternoon with winds reaching gale force at times especially inland. A chance winds may gust to severe gale. Warm temperatures in the east, in the evening some rain may spread into the foothills of Canterbury then a little later further north in Marlborough then clearing with winds easing everywhere later / overnight and tending more WNW.
Lower South Island
Strengthening northerlies on the West Coast with rain, becoming heavy in the afternoon, torrential falls possible by evening then easing as northerlies change more westerly. Thick high cloud on the east coast with strong north to northwesterly winds and a risk of gales, winds ease late afternoon / evening tending more westerly. Showers move into Southland from afternoon as strong northwesterlies tend westerly there. Expect some rain west of the Southern Lakes area with heavy falls possible in the afternoon then easing evening.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz