A belt of strong winds will again affect our Saturday was possible gales returning to Wellington on Saturday afternoon.
Showers will also spread into the west coast of New Zealand turning to rain the further south you go.
Winds will be strongest in the east – so eastern NZ can expect high temperatures.
It's been a wet week in parts of the North Island - with heavy rains bringing some relief to parched parts of the upper north, where it was desperately needed.
A low pressure system with it's centre just west of Fiordland brings rain or shower to the South Island's West Coast, thuderstorms at times too. Showers also affect Southland and perhaps into Otago in the afternoon. For Nelson and Marlborough brief early rain clears, a period of rain moves through late morning and early afternoon for much of the North Island then clears.
A fierce storm has battered northern Europe with hurricane force winds, leaving four people dead or missing, disrupting travel and forcing thousands to flee their homes over fears of the worst tidal surge in decades.
A low pressure trough and front have caused widespread rain across New South Wales overnight, with some areas seeing their heaviest 24 hour rain in over a decade.
Not long after one low pressure system has gone, another moves into the Tasman Sea today - and this time it's fairly deep. We have a gap between systems however and that comes in the form of a drier day today. Eastern regions of borth islands may get quite warm due to a northerly airflow.
"Thank you WeatherWatch, bang on, it's pouring with rain here today!" versus "Damn you WeatherWatch, I got soaked walking to work".
Once again forecasters have the delicate balancing act of talking about the rain - and just like at the start of this year many either love it or hate it.
NIWA has this week confirmed what WeatherWatch.co.nz has been forecasting for the past couple of months - that despite some rain in recent weeks there are large portions of the upper North Island that are now drier than average.
Much needed rain moves away from the North Island overnight as the low pressure system that has been affecting us this week weakens. A northerly airflow lies over the South Island with cloudy areas for many, a few heavy isolated showers about some eastern districts clear later this evening.