Today is the calmest day of the next few days ahead with strong to gale force westerlies kicking in across a large portion of New Zealand across Saturday and Sunday.
The positive is that temperatures are about to jump back up after a cold night and morning this morning across many regions. By this afternoon a large portion of the South Island will be warmer than average. The eastern North Island is a little cooler than normal today.
On Saturday the westerlies kick in and bring even warmer weather, but it will take until Sunday to really push in to the Gisborne area.
Next week looks even warmer for some with sub-tropical nor’westers pushing temperatures in to the mid to late 20s for many places and we can’t rule out a possible 30 degree hit somewhere inland.