A strong northwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand today with gales possible for eastern parts of the country from Southland up to Wellington / Wairarapa. Heavy rain moves onto the West Coast of the South Island.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Cloudy periods with westerly winds, chance of a patchy light shower or two otherwise dry. The Bay Of Plenty and Waikato is likely to be mainly dry with long sunny spells.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Areas of cloud and some sun, chance of a light shower or two mainly about Taranaki. Brisk west to northwesterly winds.
Eastern North Island
Sunny with northwesterly winds, gusty from afternoon mainly about the Wairarapa.
Sunny areas with North to Nor’West winds strengthening, gales later.
Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny with north to northwesterly winds, gusty and strong from afternoon. High cloud thickens later in the day.
Mainly sunny with northwesterly winds, becoming strong and gusty in the afternoon gusting to gale at times especially inland.
Cloudy with the odd shower, rain about South Westland becoming heavy at times from afternoon then pushing northwards overnight. Gusty northwesterly winds.
Southland & Otago
Thickening high cloud with strong northwesterly winds gusting to gale from midday on wards, showers late afternoon about Southland then turning to rain in the evening and pushing northwards into Otago later on as winds change southwest.
By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz