A low and front combination moves towards New Zealand from the west. Showers in the west turn to rain late afternoon / evening, possibly heavy with thunderstorms, especially in the western North Island. Any early showers clear eastern regions, then expect some sun, however cloud and showers move in later in the day. Southland and Otago stay mainly dry.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Areas of cloud with the odd shower, late afternoon or evening rain moves in with heavy falls and thunderstorms possible. Increasing northwesterly winds.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Early rain eases to showers, then picking up again in the afternoon turning back to rain, possibly heavy with thunderstorms. Winds gusty from the west or northwest.
Eastern North Island
Sunny areas and thickening high cloud after any early showers clear, a few areas of rain spread from the west late afternoon / evening. Breezy northwesterly winds.
Any early showers clear, then expect sunny areas and increasing cloud with northwesterly winds, evening rain.
Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly sunny, late afternoon or evening cloud thickens and rain moves in. Light winds mostly, tending to the north in the afternoon.
Any early showers clear, then sunny areas develop. Later in the evening cloud thickens with some rain, light winds.
Sunny areas and increasing cloud with east to northeast winds in the afternoon, some rain moves in afternoon / evening. Fiordland stays mainly dry.
Southland & Otago
Any early showers clear, otherwise mostly sunny. Light winds.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz