Saturday and Sunday sees a westerly flow bringing some rain along the West Coast of the South island however it now looks likely that they’ll come in fits and bursts interspersed with dry spells.
Rainfall amounts don’t appear quite so significant as compared to 24 hours ago.
Elsewhere today some showers at first are possible but throughout much of the day the country seems to be free of them with a mix of sunshine and cloudy areas the most common theme.
Sunday is likely to see a resurgence in westerlies picking up over the South island especially with gales possible across inland areas which should work their way across to the east coast in the afternoon.
Rain is expected to drift up the western flank yet again with heavy falls possible in the south later in the day. Otago and Southland aren’t exempt either from the activity later tomorrow but rain should be more scattered and temperatures quite pleasant.
The Crusaders Super 15 rugby match against the Rebels in Christchurch on Sunday afternoon could see conditions up to 10-15 degrees warmer than last weekend, when cold and rainy skies saw the thermometer dip below 10 degrees with a biting easterly.
Tomorrow looks dry and warm with high cloud. A nor’ wester could be blustery but temperatures in the twenties should see spectators take off the three or four layers they had on last week.
“This appears more of a Spring set up than an Autumn one with the westerliesfor the country” says head weaher analyst Philip Duncan.” The winds are pretty blustery looking on one or two occasions this weekend for central and southern New Zealand”.
WeatherWatch believes temperatures over northern and eastern regions are looking to be a little higher than normal due to the milder west to northwest winds.The low to mid twenties are a possibility which is about five degrees above average in some cases.
Overnight lows have also been a tad higher than what we’d usually see for the time of the year and this weekend that appears to be the case once more due to the effect of the wind.
Very few frosts, if any this weekend are likely to form due to the current wind set up for many areas.