High pressure dominates most of New Zealand today with light winds. A weak low off the North Island's east coast has a couple of showers in it otherwise dry. Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty Mostly Sunny with light winds or SW breezes. Warmer than average inland. Might be a light shower in western Northland. Highs: 18-22
A typical Autumn blast is on the way this weekend with the potential for severe rain warnings, wind warnings, snow alerts and marine warnings. Up to 200mm may fall on the West Coast while eastern parts of the North Island may have highs up to 24 degrees on Saturday under sunny skies and nor'westers.
Sunny weather spreads in to a number of regions today with showers lingering around the north eastern North Island - like East Cape and Gisborne. Sunniest weather inland. Warmer than average for a number of places this afternoon.
It's a calm yet busy weather day in Auckland today with morning waterspouts in the harbour and now significant afternoon thunderstorms and cloud build ups. As of 1:30pm it was northern and western Auckland affected by the thunderstorms, which are producing a fair amount of thunder. The downpours are slow moving and heavy enough to cause dangerous flash and surface flooding.
Many places across New Zealand will have excellent weather for ANZAC but some rain 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.
A front is very slowly crossing the North Island today and has fractured into areas of rain, drizzle and some slow moving dry areas too. The rainband will slowly continue to track eastwards across Monday and the remnants will fall apart further and clear away across the next 24 to 36 hours. It's still brushing the upper South Island too.
A slow moving rain band will today cross the Upper North Island - starting in the west this morning and not clearing the east (East Cape) until early Tuesday morning. It's a bit patchy but in some areas it will flare up to set in widespread rain for a time. For others it may be lighter rain or even showers and dry/spells.