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Updated weekend outlook

New Zealand is still looking pretty settled for Queens Birthday weekend, right up until the holiday itself.

High pressure building in off the Tasman will bring some great weather for outdoor enthusiasts this weekend.   Friday is looking dry for the whole country except for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay where a few light showers could still be hanging around tomorrow morning.  However, these showers would likely clear out before tomorrow afternoon.

Saturday is also looking dry.  But this time, for the whole country.  Even for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

Sunday isn’t going to be much different except for the South Island’s deep south and West Coast.  Showers are looking pretty likely for these areas.  On the North Island, Taranaki is running a small risk for showers.

Monday is not looking settled at all for most areas.  However, the models have not been very consistent in their solution for Monday.  When that happens, our confidence level in their forecasts is not very high.

Here is the way it looks right now; Monday could be pretty wet across the North Island.  The South Island also has some shower chances.  But the chances are a bit smaller.  In fact, Canterbury looks fairly dry at this point.  That’s the way it appears things could play out.  We will know more after another model run or two.

That’s the latest outlook for this upcoming holiday weekend.  We will update you further as the forecast becomes a bit clearer.

Homepage image/ Julia Wehner

By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph


Mark on 31/05/2012 2:14am

I’m very keen to know how clear the skies will be from 10.15am to 4.43pm on Wednesday 6 June (being that is when the transit of Venus takes place). Can you let us know asap?

WW Forecast Team on 31/05/2012 2:37am

Where are you asking about?

Mark on 31/05/2012 3:18am

Sorry – Far North

WW Forecast Team on 31/05/2012 4:11am

Hi Mark – forecasting clouds is very tricky in advance… there is good news and bad for that date.  The bad news is that the weather over NZ looks as though it may be unsettled – the good news is that often that means windier weather, so that will keep the clouds moving.

Check in with us over the weekend for a more specific, updated forecast 🙂



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