Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Rain develops in the morning (heavy falls about Taranaki ease during the afternoon) then clearing in the evening, gusty northwesterly winds (gale about Taranaki easing later in the day).
Eastern North Island
Thick high cloud, a few spots of rain may spread from the west in the afternoon then clearing in the evening. Brisk northwesterly winds ease overnight.
Rain clearing early afternoon then sunny spells break through, gale north to northwesterly winds ease after rain clears.
Marlborough & Nelson
Morning rain, possibly heavy then clearing. A shower or two may linger about Nelson through till evening. Becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon otherwise. Strong to gale northwest winds ease from afternoon.
Morning spots of rain then becoming mostly sunny, early heavy falls about the high country eases to showers. Showers may still be heavy at times with a risk of thunder spreading from the west. Gusty northwesterlies with gales about North Canterbury, easing later in the day.
Early heavy rain and possible thunderstorms ease to showers, showers may still flare up now and then with a risk of further heavy falls / thunderstorms and hail then easing later in the evening. Breezy northwesterlies ease later on.
Southland & Otago
Any early morning rain clears then mostly sunny with some high cloud, late afternoon / evening brings the risk of isolated showers about Otago. Northwesterly winds.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz