The western coastline of the island will be in for the roughest time of it, with a low risk of gales now and then.
Along with wind, there could be steady and sometimes heavy showers along the western side of the country, before easing – and then starting again towards evening.
The West Coast of the South Island is looking wet (no surprises), with heavy rain and even the chance of a hail shower or two.
Further north, showers on the western coastline could also contain hail at times.
There is a chance of snow for the west of the South Island in the ranges too, while overnight and towards dawn on Saturday, showers push into Southland and over onto the east coast of the South Island.
There’s snow down to 200m in Southland and down to 300m in Canterbury around dawn on Saturday.
Showers to start before clearing in the afternoon, and then a southwest change towards evening bringing further showers overnight.
SImilar story in Wellington, where morning rain eases to showers and sunny areas, while further rain arrives overnight, along with northwesterly winds.
Occasional showers with breezy westerlies, while a burst of rain will spread overnight, with hail even possible.
– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell, WeatherWatch.co.nz
– Photo: Zelda Wynn