Upper North Island
Sunny areas and some cloud, east to northeasterly winds. Areas of cloud more frequent in the west.
Lower North Island
Cloudy about Taranaki down through to Kapiti with patchy rain or showers at times, light winds. Cloudy about Wellington with occasional showers, becoming cloudy this morning for the Wairarapa. There could be a shower or two about the Wairarapa from afternoon, light winds. Sunnier skies further north along the east coast with northeasterly winds.
Upper South Island
Showers or rain about Canterbury clearing away from the south in the evening, southerly winds. Marlborugh and Nelson have plenty of high cloud with light winds, cloud thickens and lowers during the afternoon then patchy showers move in during the evening with rain pushing in later about Nelson and the Sounds possibly heavy especially overnight. Cloudy on the West Coast with patchy showers and easterly winds, easing in the evening although rain may become heavy about northern Buller / Tasman later in the evening and overnight.
Lower South Island
Mostly cloudy in Southland, cloud breaks later in the day. The odd shower clears Otago around midday, perhaps a few stragglers may hang around into the afternoon. Southerlies tend east to southeast in the afternoon. Morning showers or rain clearing on the West Coast then sunny areas develop in the afternoon with east to southeast winds.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz