A front pushes northwards over the South Island today bringing unsettled weather, heavy rain in the west, strong northerlies ahead of the front then cold southwesterlies moving into the far south this afternoon.
Please refer to your local, hourly, 10 day forecast for more details.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mostly cloudy, the odd shower north of Auckland spreads elsewhere in the afternoon. Widespread rain moves in overnight possibly heavy. Northeasterlies freshen during the day.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Sunny areas and thickening high cloud, a few spits for Taranaki from afternoon. Later in the evening or overnight rain becomes widespread, heavy falls for Taranaki. North to northwesterly winds freshen during the day, becoming strong about the coast.
Eastern North Island
Sunny areas and increasing high cloud, north to northeasterly winds pick up a little from afternoon. Overnight rain for Wairarapa.
Cloudy with rain developing in the evening, northerly winds strengthen rising to gale force in the afternoon. Winds change southerly overnight.
Marlborough & Nelson
Cloudy, spits of rain about Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds spread elsewhere around midday. More widespread rain moves into Nelson in the afternoon then Marlborough evening before clearing up overnight as strong northerlies change southerly. Rain may be heavy before clearing away, especially about Nelson.
Thick high cloud with gusty northerlies developing. Heavy rain moves into the high country from afternoon then more general widespread develops later in the evening about the plains with southwesterlies. Snow lowers to 800m overnight about northern parts of the region, 500m in the south.
Heavy rain about South Westland spreads into North Westland around midday, perhaps a chance of thunderstorms, more so south of Greymouth. Rain easing back to showers during the evening as strong northerlies change southwest.
Southland & Otago
Dry with high cloud in the morning although expect rain about the western ranges and the lakes district, rain spreads elsewhere during the afternoon with southwesterlies. Rain eases back to showers in the evening or overnight. Snow lowers to 300m at night.