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Thunderstorms, rain and plenty of dry areas too

A map showing today's outlook. Image: WeatherWatch.co.nz

High pressure just holds on to very upper North Island but elsewhere those westerly winds continue, predicts WeatherWatch.co.nz.

"There is some end in sight to these “annoying” westerlies, within about six days we expect high pressure to move into the country bringing lighter winds for next weekend – and a shift to La Nina easterlies back in the north of NZ."

In the Bay of Plenty, the forecast is for a mix of sun and clouds with westerlies, a little brisk at times.

"For today it’s more of those westerlies, windy through Cook Strait and Wellington."

WeatherWatch says rain slides up the West Coast today with a few heavy falls.

"Some patchy rain and showers for Southland. Due to the south west change there may be a couple of isolated thunderstorms in these regions.

"Later today, this front moves into the North Island and falls apart. It also brings some wet weather into parts of Otago and Canterbury later as the (brief) south west change moves in."

Here are the regional forecasts for Saturday

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and clouds with westerlies, a little brisk at times. Late rain or showers in King Country and around Central Plateau.
Highs: 17-22

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Increasing cloud and strengthening westerlies. A few late showers turning to rain.
Highs: 15-19

Eastern North Island
A mix of sun and cloud or sunny with high cloud further north. Dry for the most part but a few showers likely in Wairarapa lately – where it will also be windier. Nor’Westers for the most part. Warmest through inland Gisborne and Northern Hawke’s Bay.
Highs: 18-25

Wellington
Cloudy or becoming cloudy again with nor’westers turning southerly later and a few showers or some brief rain moving in.
High: 16 or 17

Marlborough & Nelson
Becoming cloudy with some rain or showers developing later, especially on the Nelson side. W to NW winds. Cooler inland.
Highs: 15 – 21

Canterbury
Clouds increasing with late showers or spits of rain. West to north west winds turning cooler west to sou’west later bringing that chance of wetter weather. Cooler in the mountains across the day with thicker cloud cover.
Highs: 13 – 23

West Coast
Rain moving up the coast with some isolated heavy falls further south. A chance of isolated thunder as cooler air moves in. Westerlies.
Highs: 14 or 15

Southland & Otago
Mostly Cloudy with rain developing in Southland and showers elsewhere. Might be an isolated thunderstorm in Southland as cooler air arrives. West to NW winds a little brisk in Southland and coastal Otago.Wind:
Highs: 13-19

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