Much of the country should be dry today and warm again too. A few clouds passing through shouldn’t cause too much trouble across the North Island and temperatures should be just a fraction above normal for most places. All centres in the north should see the mercury range from around 22 degrees in Wellington up to 26 or 27 in central and northern areas.
Nelson and Marlborough are looking fairly settled, as is most of Canterbury and Otago after a few spots of rain yesterday.
The West Coast is looking a tad drizzly and Gore and Invercargill might see a little rain off and on but temperatures still fairly mild.
The heat should build up tomorrow, particularly in central and eastern areas with the low 30s forecast in parts of the Hawkes Bay down to North and Central Otago, before a southerly sweeps up the eastern parts of the South Island. The remainder of the North Island tomorrow is still warm and reasonably sunny too, however other parts of the South Island might not fare so well with a little drizzle possible on the west coast and a few showers with a nippy southerly in the deep south.
Sunday looks as if it will be cooler in the south with southerlies and a few showers dotted about the place. The heat certainly will be felt further north from Gisborne to Masterton before a late southerly brings some relief to folk in the Wairarapa.
Also on Sunday it should be fairly dry north of Taranaki with sunny skies and warm temperatures but New Plymouth down to Wellington might see a few showers late in the piece.
So to sum it up, generally settled throughout most of the North Island over the weekend apart from a few splashes in the south and west late on Sunday and for mainlanders, changeable conditions with some sun and warmth occasionally but also cooler and possible showery conditions from time to time, especially in the south and west.
Weather Analyst – Richard Green