Most regions should get a spot of rain on Friday, and it’s forecast to get a lot wetter for western areas over the weekend.
MetService forecast a definite east-west split as a front approaches western areas of the country on Friday.
“This front brings with it a band of rain which moves across Buller,Westland, Fiordland, Southland and parts of Otago Friday morning and western parts of the North Island later on Friday,” said MetService meteorologist Andy Best.
“The good news is that remaining parts of Aotearoa should stay fine and settled on Friday.”
* Highways blocked as heavy rain, gales batter eastern North Island
* Tolaga Bay cleanup could cost $10m but who should pay?
* At least 1400 homes still without power between Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay
* Search for perfection prompts Steve Hansen to pick the same All Blacks 23
Plenty of clear sky across the country this afternoon, but you can still see some low cloud around the valleys of the Southern Lakes. The next front is waiting off to the west. ^JL pic.twitter.com/JGkRTJeogo
— MetService (@MetService)
June 14, 2018
The drier conditions should come as a welcome relief for those in eastern areas still reeling from this week’s deluge – which flooded rivers and cut power to thousands of homes.
Over the South Island on Saturday, rain will continue in the west with eastern areas staying mostly fine.
The front should move northeast over North Island during Saturday bringing showers to most western areas, some possibly heavy about Taranaki.
“For those attending the All Blacks vs France match at the Wellington cake tin on Saturday evening, dress for a cool evening, strengthening northwesterlies with just the chance of a shower during the game,” said Best.
“Temperatures will be around 13C.”
Sunday sees a definite improving trend, with showers easing over western parts of the North Island in the morning, but mainly fine elsewhere.
The rain in the west of the South Island is expected to clear in the morning with any showers over Otago and Southland retreating to Stewart Island.
MetService meteorologists are keeping a close eye on developments in the north Tasman Sea where they are expecting a low to develop which could potentially go on to impact New Zealand next week.
Cloud increases throughout the day in Auckland, with showers developing in the afternoon. A high of 18 degrees Celsius is expected.
It’s much the same for Hamilton, cloud and some afternoon rain with a high of 17C.
While over the Kaimai Ranges, Tauranga should have a mostly plesant day at 18C.
A cloudy day in Wellington will see in occasional rain during the afternoon and evening – 14C.
Christchurch can expect a cloudy morning and evening with some fine spells, and a high of 11C.
More cloud for Dunedin, too. A few morning showers and a high of 11C.