Updated Wednesday AM — Most places across New Zealand will have excellent weather for ANZAC but some wet weather is in the forecast which WeatherWatch.co.nz is monitoring.
While a large high is expected to push across the country bringing light winds and dry skies there may be some showery weather around the coastal fringes and rain around Fiordland spreading northwards slowly.
The weak low that yesterday (Tuesday) crossed the North Island with a few heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms will lie east of Gisborne by ANZAC day/Thursday but may still be pushing back light showers (very isolated) anywhere along the eastern coastline of the North Island. In saying that, the island is roughly 85 to 90% dry.
Rain also arrives in Fiordland on Thursday morning but the West Coast should be mostly dry for dawn services – but check your local forecast on Wednesday night as there could be a few showers moving in. Rain becomes heavy in Fiordland later.
Temperatures for many places in the afternoon will be warm with inland areas of both islands in the late teens or even the low to mid 20s. Some parts of Waikato and Northland may reach 23 degrees which is above normal for this time of year.
Much of the South Island will also be warmer than average on Thursday with highs in the late teens to early 20s.
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