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A fine break to start the break

A fine weekend is on the cards for most this weekend.

MetService is forecasting a fine weekend as a rain band and front over North Island moves away to the north of the country.

Behind the front, a ridge of settled weather spreads onto New Zealand as a large region of high pressure over the Tasman Sea drifts eastward.

"As the front travels over the country it brings a period of rain or showers to most, but as the ridge begins to move in, the weather will improve considerably, just in time for the weekend," says MetService meteorologist Alwyn Bakker.

"The odd shower is expected for western areas, but other regions will see fine conditions. Aside from a few showers for the west and south, South Island will also become fine for the next few days."

The fine weather won’t last for long, however, as a low pressure centre with associated fronts follows hot on the heels of the ridge. Rain is expected for most early next week as the fronts sweep over Aotearoa," says Bakker.

"A rainy start to the school holidays isn’t ideal – so make the most of the weekend's fine weather for outdoor activities."

September typically brings periods of warmth intermingled with cold changes from the south.

This month was no different and almost across the board temperatures were about average.

Rainfall was also relatively normal, but with drier than usual spots around Waitomo and Canterbury.

Of the six main centres, Christchurch saw the biggest deviation from September average rainfall, receiving just 38.6mm (75 per cent of its average).

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