A ridge of high pressure hangs over New Zealand today extending out from a large anticyclone in the Pacific Ocean. High surface moisture and converging winds lead to unstable conditions for the North Island this afternoon.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Early rain, possible downpours then isolated heavy showers in the afternoon with the risk of thunderstorms. Showers ease in the evening. Light winds.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly cloudy with the chance of a shower, showers more likely in the afternoon with the risk of an isolated heavy fall or two (mainly inland). Showers ease in the evening. Light winds.
Eastern North Island
Mostly cloudy, showers from afternoon possibly heavy with thunderstorms then easing in the evening. Light winds.
Cloudy areas and occasional sun, Northerly winds.
Marlborough & Nelson
Any morning cloud breaks to mostly sunny weather, may be an isolated shower late afternoon / evening (mainly about Marlborough). Light northerlies.
Any morning cloud breaks to sunny weather, hottest weather will be inland. Low risk of an isolated shower late afternoon / evening about the foothills. East to northeasterly breezes.
Sunny with light west to southwesterly winds, hot inland especially inland Buller.
Southland & Otago
Any early cloud clears then sunny with northwesterly breezes for Southland and inland Otago, coastal Otago sees northeasterly winds. Hot temperatures especially inland. High cloud develops overnight.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz