Weather: Settled conditions on the way for most

  • 11/09/2015

Wet conditions are set to ease this weekend as a ridge of high pressure extends over the country.

Although there are likely be lingering showers throughout many places in the North Island on Saturday morning, those would clear by the afternoon bringing fine conditions for many.

"There'll be some pretty nice days for many people – clear skies, without too much precipitation," said MetService meteorologist Angus Hines.

A few showers are forecast for Auckland today, with strong southwest winds with a high of 14degC and an overnight low of 7degC.

The rain should clear on Saturday morning with wind easing and fine weather in the afternoon, while Sunday will see isolated showers in between cloudy periods.

Hamilton will be mainly fine after showers clear on Saturday morning, with a high of 15degC and an overnight low of 4degC, while Sunday will bring cloudy periods and the odd shower in the morning.

Centres on the East Coast, such as Gisborne, may experience wet conditions for a little longer, with the central North Island and the Bay of Plenty the pick of the country weather-wise, Mr Hines said.

The capital will be mainly fine after showers clear on Saturday morning, with a high of 12degC and an overnight low of 5degC. Sunday will bring afternoon showers and a high of 14degC.

The arriving high would bring "an easing and a clearing trend", after the two frontal systems that recently delivered rain and wind for many parts of the country, Mr Hines said.

He said a "weak feature" in the South Island would be moving north from late Saturday night to Sunday morning, bringing periods of cloud and the possibility of isolated showers, especially on the east coast of the island, "but nothing particularly significant".

The rest of the island would experience "reasonably light winds and nice conditions for most places".

Christchurch is set to see a few afternoon showers today, before a morning frost heralds in a fine Saturday that will give way to a few showers on Sunday and a high of 15degC.

Dunedin will see a similar forecast with a wet Friday, before showers clear in the evening making way for a fine Saturday with a high of 15degC, while the odd shower is possible on Sunday.

A cold front passing over the country from the south will mean temperatures, particularly in the far south, will be a degree or two colder than that have been.

The settled weather is expected to last into early next week.

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