In other regions:
Cloudy. Rain about the eastern hills, spreading elsewhere at times. Easterly breezes.
Showers, some heavy with squally thunderstorms and downpours. Longer fine breaks this evening. Strong, gusty northerlies.
Mostly cloudy with drizzle at times. Fresh northeasterlies.
Fine. Northeasterlies, fresh at times.
Showers, some heavy with possible thunderstorms. Fine breaks increasing this evening. Gusty northeasterlies.
Showers, some heavy with squally thunderstorms and downpours. Longer fine breaks this evening. Northeasterly winds.
National Short-Range Forecast
A low and associated fronts approaching from the Tasman Sea affects the North Island and upper South Island. Warnings and watches are in force for heavy rain.Northland to Manawatu, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country
Periods of rain, with heavy falls and squally thunderstorms possible, easing from the north and west this afternoon and evening.The remainder of the North Island
Rain, with heavy falls possible, easing tonight.Buller, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and North Otago
Patchy rain, more widespread in Nelson and Marlborough with some heavy falls there.Westland, Fiordland, The remainder of Otago, and Southland
Fine, apart from areas of morning cloud.Chatham Islands
National Long-Range Forecast
North Island: Isolated early showers in the west. Late showers in the southwest and Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay. Otherwise mainly fine. South Island: A period of rain or showers spreading north for most with a strong southwest change.Saturday
North Island: Early showers in the south and east. Otherwise fine, apart from morning and evening cloud. South Island: Mainly fine with increasing high cloud. Late rain in the west, scattered falls for Otago and Southland.Sunday
North Island: Becoming cloudy, with rain developing south of Auckland, possibly heavy in the west. South Island: Rain in the west, heavy at first, clearing. Scattered rain elsewhere.Chatham Islands
Periods of rain on Friday with strong northeasterlies, changing to occasional showers early Saturday with a strong southwest change. A period of rain on Sunday, with winds turning northerly.