Aucklanders can expect more easterly breezes and cloudy skies
over the long weekend - and it's likely to be little
different in popular holiday spots like Northland and
The rest of the country is likely to fare better, with
settled skies today and throughout the weekend, and
temperatures slightly above average.
WeatherWatch weather analyst Richard Green said Auckland
Anniversary weekend in the city was likely to see cloudy
spells with breezy easterlies and a small risk of a few
"It's alright, as long as you don't mind a bit of a breeze,
but still warm, which is great."
Temperatures were expected to remain around 25C to 26C.
Many Aucklanders heading out of the city won't escape the
breezes, with similar conditions forecast in popular holiday
Mr Green said there would be a few more showers and
easterlies in Northland, while Coromandel would also get
He said the place to be was West Coast beaches like Piha.
"Anywhere west will be a little more sheltered and a little
The wind was not likely to let up on Great Barrier Island,
where blazes have ripped through scrub over the last couple
"It's not helping with the fires - the wind is roaring
through there, and that will continue for the next week, by
the looks of it."
Next week, much of the country is expected to remain dry with
warm to very warm temperatures.
But cloud, some showers and easterlies could persist over the
far northeast of the North Island.
"It's just Auckland and Northland that seem to be dogged by
the breeze a bit, but hey, things could be worse."
Mr Green said rain was needed badly over Canterbury and much
"But it's not looking likely over the next week or possibly
two sadly. The good news though is that it seems the
northwesterlies have tapered away for a time."
- Matthew Backhouse of APNZ