Purple: Strong southwesterly winds about the east coast of the South Island
A ridge of high pressure moves in on Friday, meaning most of the country stays relatively calm, settled and clear heading into the weekend.
Purple: Strong northeast winds over much of the North Island and the Tasman & Marlborough regions
Blue: Heavy rain in the Upper and Lower North Island
A large low moves towards New Zealand from the Tasman Sea, resulting in a strengthening northeasterly airflow over the country – especially the North Island – meaning strong northeast winds over most of the North Island.
Rain moves onto the North Island from around midday also, becoming heavy for some – particularly in the upper and lower parts of the island – as well as Tasman and the Marlborough Sounds at times.
Light blue: Showers over much of the North Island – particularly in the west, with a risk of heavy falls – and the whole South Island
The low system moves over the country from west to east, but slowly.
Showers hanging around over much of the North Island and almost all of the South Island may be heavy at times – especially in South Canterbury.
– Please note, the idea behind this update is to focus on the main weather highlights, which is why not all regions are mentioned.
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– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell, WeatherWatch.co.nz