Auckland receives a dousing on Saturday, but it's not here to stay - forecasters

Rain has hit the Auckland region, but the relief it brings from the recent dry summer is set to be short.

Showers struck on Friday and Saturday, but forecaster WeatherWatch said it's not going to last long as the rain heads to other parts of the country.

"This small area of wet weather is slowly crossing Auckland this morning and showers will break up this afternoon as they move into parts of Bay of Plenty as the centre of the system tracks eastwards," WeatherWatch said in a statement.

"It's not an overly large area of wet weather, with a few showers clipping southern Northland and northern Waikato too."

WeatherWatch said to keep an eye out for some isolated downpours around Auckland city though.

The weather is expected to be partially cloudy but without rain through to Sunday next week. Other parts of the country however can anticipate downpours, according to MetService.

"During Monday, strengthening northerlies bring rain to the west of the South Island. During Tuesday and Wednesday, several fronts are forecast to move across the South Island, bringing periods of heavy northerly rain.

"There is moderate confidence of rainfall in Fiordland and Westland reaching warning amounts during Tuesday and Wednesday, and low confidence for Buller on Wednesday."

The forecaster also said there could be gale force winds in parts of Canterbury and Marlborough on Wednesday, but it's not expected to be severe at this stage.

Nelson, which has recently been very dry, is expected to have rain every day until March 18, except on March 11.


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